Kenneth Byrd - for head shot

Home & Design highlighted Kenneth Byrd, here at his Fan District home near bookshelves he designed, because he brings “modern sensibility to the city’s traditional landscape.”

Kenneth Byrd’s Fan District home looks like something straight out of a high-end home-and-garden magazine.

Which is fitting, as the Richmond-based designer was recently selected by Home & Design magazine as one of five up-and-coming designers in the Washington, Maryland and Virginia area.

Byrd, 35, favors a midcentury modern aesthetic, which is readily apparent in his stylishly designed home. White trellis chairs flank the fireplace in the living room, geometric sculptures form a spiky centerpiece on the dining room table and brass sputniks litter the edges of tables.

That modern-yet-timeless style caught the eye of Home & Design, which said it selected Byrd because he “brings an unexpected, modern sensibility to the city’s traditional landscape.”

The bimonthly magazine picks five top designers each year to feature in its summer issue.

Byrd, who is originally from Virginia Beach, moved to Richmond about 10 years ago. He got his start in visual merchandising and staging homes. But the turning point in his career came when he was selected by a developer to design several units at the Nolde Bakery Condominiums in the Church Hill neighborhood.

“That was a pivotal moment,” Byrd said. Many developers saw his work. He started booking more clients and renovating loft apartments and condos in Rocketts Landing and Vistas on the James.

In 2010, he started Kenneth Byrd Design, a four-person firm now located in Shockoe Bottom. The firm provides everything from design service to an in-store boutique selling unique lighting fixtures and home accents.

These days, Byrd is working on more than 16 projects, from renovating residential homes in the Fan to designing a restaurant in Norfolk.

“I have a passion for midcentury-modern design,” Byrd said. “It’s an incredible honor (to be featured in the magazine).”

Read the story on Home & Design's website here.

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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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