ECO:Homewood Site Furniture features community-driven designs by Ramone Patterson of KMJ Metalworks and Reggie Raye of TOMO. Cultivated by Bridgeway Capital’s creative economies programs including Monmade, ECO (Entrepreneurship & Creators Opportunity) brought together professional Homewood-related artists and youth to design hyper-local site furnishings to provide valuable insights into new technologies and product design.

The Creative Process

From an open call, six Homewood-related artists were selected by a community-led committee to submit first-round concepts. Their task was to envision designs for site furniture by blending elements from The Homewood Experience with basic site furnishings fabricated by local manufacturer Technique AP. Ramone Patterson of KMJ Metalworks and Reggie Raye of TOMO were ultimately selected to bring their concepts to life through close collaboration with Technique AP, resulting in a customizable suite of Homewood-specific, community-driven furniture.

KMJ Metalworks, ECO:Homewood Trashcan & Bike Rack

Youth Engagement

In partnership with Homewood’s Legacy Arts Project, students were invited to participate in project-based learning, gaining an understanding of an iterative and community-centric creative process, digital design, and fabrication techniques.

The Homewood Experience

ECO:Homewood site furnishings proudly showcase brand elements of The Homewood Experience. This project is a collaboration between Soleil Branding Essentials and Pyramid Pgh LLC in partnership with Neighborhood Allies and the Homewood Community Development Collaborative, generously supported by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Through community engagement, business development, sustainability, and cultural integrity, The Homewood Experience provides an authentic brand narrative that preserves the history and pride of the Homewood community. Cameron Nesbit of Camo Customz created the brand’s signature visual elements, which are incorporated in the designs of the ECO:Homewood furniture.

The Homewood Experience now includes eight installations, including the Homewood is Home and Black Te Fiti murals, alongside other essential neighborhood landmarks, buildings, and artwork. Learn more about The Homewood Experience, including an art and culture self-guided tour.

Imagery courtesy of The Homewood Experience. Brand design by Cameron Nesbit, Camo Customz.


TOMO, ECO:Homewood Bench & Planter

Enhancing Community Spaces

The final ECO:Homewood product collection are installed outside 7800 Susquehanna Street, serving as a testament to artistic excellence and a blueprint for community-branded site furnishings. These thoughtfully designed pieces help create a welcoming environment for all community members.

ECO:Homewood site furniture can now be ordered through Monmade. Choose from existing designs or customize them to suit specific site and community requirements. Inquire for more information on Monmade’s collaborative approach to cultivating custom product solutions and standard product integrations for sustainable, impactful projects.

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