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INTRODUCING: Deborah Czeresko x Colony

We are so excited to present artist and designer Deborah Czeresko. The winner of the first season of Netflix’s hit series Blown Away, she first started working with glass in 1987 at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, now called UrbanGlass. Through a new partnership with Colony, Czeresko has released two new collections, Ameba and Sneakerheads

The Ameba Collection features a reimagined decanter and highball glasses inspired by the human body. “I wanted to explore and create something body-like,” says Czeresko, “and amoeba extensions look like arms or fingers. Pseudopods also act like glass - endless forms that can create and move on their own.”  

The Sneakerheads Collection encompasses four glass designs, from low-top to high-top sneakers. The pieces from the collection use a molding technique to create the shape, and the details are meticulously hand-carved after the glass cools. Each sneaker will come with shoelace options; copper silver, stainless steel, and patina bronze. 

“To work with another designer, you need to have a natural dialogue, and with Jean, the collaboration came very naturally,” Czeresko explains. “We are able to work together on different ideas, explore different options, and really collaborate.” 

"Deborah's work is both special and authentic; it manages to hold space playfully while still commanding the audience's attention," says Jean Lin. "I'm thrilled to celebrate such a genuine voice within our community at Colony and am an undisputed fan of her work. The Netflix series Blown Away was prime quarantine viewing in my household, and I was cheering for her throughout the season."

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Deborah Czeresko is a New York City-based artist and designer, best known for her work with glass. Her work references food, art history, gender, her experiences as a queer artist, and her current practice includes hot glass sculpting, performance, and collaboration. The winner of the first season of Netflix’s Blown Away, Czeresko’s work has been sought after by artists and designers such as Eric Fischl, Robert Gober, Deborah Berke, Annabelle Seldorf, and FORM Architecture. Her work can also be found at the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York and the Toledo Museum in Ohio.

 

Photography: Sean Davidson

Note From The Curator | Spring 2021

We find ourselves at this collective crossroad as the nightmare of the global pandemic persists but hope for the future is impossible to ignore. Our trauma has been both individual and shared, subtle and profound, fleeting and forever. Our lessons are blurry at best.

I'm hesitant (or embarrassed?) to admit that this forced hiatus was a necessary one. Not for clarity, because clarity has proven itself an illusion. Not for rejuvenation, because let's be honest, we're exhausted. Not for justice, because every tiny step forward has been followed by crushing blows back.

My lessons aren't your lessons, nor are my emotions, frustrations, dreams. My appreciation, however, is for you all. While crawling out of the rubble of 2020 and checking myself for breaks, I have never felt more thankful for the support, the kindness, the community around Colony. Thank you for seeing us, even in this hazy, exhausting and devastating time. 

There's a moment in each day, when we're neither asleep nor awake, when the drama of our dreams fizzle into mist, and when the reality of the morning has yet to settle.

This familiar haze, dimly lit by a hopeful morning glow, offers us unexpected clarity in its temporary version of contentment -- free of expectations but full of the purest form of hope: undefined possibilities.

We walk into the day with restrained reverie, and hope you will join us.

-Jean Lin

The Conception Series 02: Nina Cho

Nina Cho is an artist and designer, currently based in Detroit. Nina was born in the United States and raised in Korea, where she studied woodworking and furniture design at Korea’s art school, Hong-Ik University. She then earned an MFA in 3D Design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

The Maung Maung mirrors reflects Nina’s design philosophy, a minimalist approach to design. “Through practicing the beauty of the void, I can respect not only the object itself but also the negative space that object created.”

Since launching Maung Maung mirrors with Colony in 2019, Nina has been awarded the NYCxDESIGN award for best accessories collection and the American Design Honors award presented by Wanted Design and Bernhardt Design.

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A newly envisioned design program, The Conception Series works to introduce the international design market to emerging American talent. Through a series of pop-up exhibits and exclusive, limited edition collections, the Series ushers forth a new generation of designers, artists and makers into the contemporary design vernacular of today.

Working from a rich foundation of curation, exhibit design, design education and collaborative design development, Colony works with a tightly curated selection of young designers guiding them through a vigorous curriculum of product development and design entrepreneurship. Each curriculum culminates in an exclusive collection, exhibit and a moment of true discovery for the greater design community.