Thank you for your light in the dark, and a beautiful year in design.
From Colony’s family to yours, have a joyful holiday and we’ll see you in the new year.
A love of reading. Big feet. A quick temper.
A recipe. A technique. A turn of phrase.
A ring. A chest of drawers. A favorite sweater.
Integrity. Pride. Guilt.
Our hometowns built our world view during formative years and, although that view continues to expand daily, there’s a remaining pull to the places we grew up. Our Colony community was shaped on a spectrum ranging from the Spruce forests of Massachusetts to the grit of Soho in the early 80’s.
During this liveliest time of year, when so much happens in stores, and online, I can’t help but think of the role that the outdoors have played in the work and growth of Colony and our designers. So many of us need our time outside not only for rejuvenation and escape but also for inspiration and work. We use this time to connect with our families, our friends and the natural world around us while blocking out the rest. Design balance is sometimes best achieved by looking inwards while getting out.
My Thanksgiving memories are filled with the scraping of chairs on hard-wood floors, the clattering of plates hungrily set, and the twitch of my mother’s lips as I excuse myself to take my father’s phone call. With aunts and baby cousins and snide remarks from an ever-loving sister, the day is a whir of conversation flavored both by festive dishes and opinions emboldened by red wine.
For a universal societal experience, we all have staggeringly different perspectives on family — what it is and what it means to us. With Volume Two | Family Ties, we won’t purport to convey all of these perspectives, rather ponder how they differ, overlap and interact in hopes of turning our disparate views into a shared understanding.
Serving as an arbitrary starting point, my perspective on family is self-contradictory. Complexity and simplicity, permanence and loss, support and alienation, conflicting sentiments that coexist and should be a source of tension, but provide a grounded balance instead. It’s the messiness that makes it home.
As we conclude Volume One | Emergence, thirteen weeks, one breakup, four pivotal pieces, one recovering addict, three design parallels and a beloved client later, we want to introduce a new number: 17. This is the number of designers that make up the 2017-2018 Colony designer line up.
Of these 17, eight have been with us from the word go, and four are brand new. I’m so excited and pleased to be embarking on the next year with these talented studios, old and new, and I invite you to discover their work both here online and in person at Colony.