A native-born kama’aina, Charles has over 40 years of experience as a local interior designer. He founded Charles Black Associates (CBA) in 1966, which quickly grew to be one of the largest and most successful interior design firms in Hawaii. CBA projects here and abroad gained international acclaim and won many prestigious awards. In 1990, Charles created Furniture Plus as a vehicle to provide his design clients with quality contract office furnishings. Since then, Furniture Plus has grown tremendously, becoming so successful that in 1996 CBA became part of the greater Furniture Plus organization. In addition to the contract furniture focus of Furniture Plus Design, Charles continues to provide award-winning interior design services for Residential and Commercial clients alike, specializing in homes, offices and restaurants.
Charles was the founding president of the Historic Hawaii Foundation, a statewide preservation organization. He is active in many local community service organizations, including the Metropolitan Rotary Club of Honolulu and the Mission Houses Museum. In his spare time, Charles enjoys singing in the Sounds of Aloha Barbershop Chorus.