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Black Mass by Flat Vernacular

Introducing Black Mass, an experiential art installation by Flat Vernacular in their Norwalk, CT, home and studio, in celebration of Halloween this year. Designers and artists, Payton Turner and Brian Kaspr lit a pagan alter, carved an ungodly number of pumpkins, erected a ghostly graveyard outside of a hand-painted and hand-constructed blacklight cathedral dance floor. Proving that art and design is more than just products, Payton and Brian took their pattern and graphic design, illustration and hand-lettering to a new level of experimental installation. Fun party too.

Contact us at info@goodcolony.com with collaborative ideas on immersive installation, and to learn more about Payton and Brian’s abilities to blow your mind.

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Notes from the Curator: Fall 2019

Homogenize.
verb
a: to blend (diverse elements) into a mixture that is the same throughout
b: to make uniform in structure or composition throughout : to make homogeneous

Growing up in central Massachusetts, my family would go on a weekly shopping trip to a store called Spag’s. A cash-only, discount department store that carried everything from lightbulbs to citrus. My memories of Spag’s range from the fried dough cart in the parking lot to bumping into my 5th grade math teacher (he was wearing jeans! I was so embarrassed!)

 

Spag’s had a great run, but when a Walmart opened its doors five minutes down Route 9, it didn’t stand a chance. Slowly my beloved warehouse retailer started making changes to its policies, inventory and pricing, in an effort to compete with the superstore down the street. A fight they inevitably lost.

 

We tell ourselves this is the nature of commerce. We tell ourselves this is the nature of competition. We lament that what happened to Spag’s is sad, but unavoidable in the American marketplace.

 

But what happens when the industry and market thrive and depend on nuance, texture and diversity? The very nature of good design is antithetical to homogenization, and it’s terrifying to see the Walmarts of our industry growing ever swiftly and effectively.

 

We absolutely can’t beat them – these giants are here to stay. But we can acknowledge the importance of the Other. The importance of diversity of thought, textural context of process, and nuance of many design minds; pushing themselves to find a better solution, a better material, a better path than the fastest/cheapest/easiest.

 

When content, products, or ideas are bandied about by the same small handful of large companies, it endangers the essence of design. These companies are engaged in a self congratulatory monologue that prohibits diversity of voice. But as Colony and so many of our beloved counterparts are discovering, the very act of being and working preserves an alternative perspective; helping to keep the conversation of great, nuanced design alive.

 

-Jean Lin

Fall Launch from Moving Mountains

Introducing | A Space

A SPACE is a New York-based design & art studio, co-founded by Anna Aristova and Roza Gazarian in 2016. After meeting Anna and Roza during NY Design Week 2019, we were drawn to their collaborative approach towards their limited edition collections of stone and metal-based furniture. 

The Found Collection, now available at Colony, is a series of limited edition works that let the stone dictate the final form. Each piece of marble was hand-picked at a small family-owned quarry in the South of Turkey with an intention to work around its imperfections. This collection exposes the rough texture of natural stone, celebrating its beauty and reminding of the mountains that the stone came from.

Each object is a one-of-a-kind creation that beckons to look beyond mere form and material, and to connect to the primordial nature of the elements.

Endless Summer

Scene at Colony | Summer 2019

Fruit Salad

Sun sOAKed

Coast to Coast | The Exhibit at NeueHouse

Tanjō by Chad Manley, Taos, NM

Coast to Coast | The Exhibit will showcase curated works discovered on our tour through five burgeoning design cities across the country. Colony will celebrate the opening of the show with a panel discussion in collaboration with Design Milk and NeueHouse. The event is open to the public, however, space is limited and RSVP is required.

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Last fall, when we embarked on a tour of five cities in the name of design, discovery and inspiration, Coast to Coast was therapeutic more than anything else. We were feeling lazy in our promise to champion and celebrate American design, and felt a pull to see what was beyond the city limits of New York. We set out on our self-appointed wake up call with no other objective but to learn about the cities on our tour – these disparate and somewhat mysterious markets of design – and report back through a partnership with Design Milk, and here in our own Journal.

Layering Transparency by Nina Cho, Detroit, MI

What we found were singular creators, close-knit communities, and reborn business districts. Each city we visited: Detroit, MI; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Santa Fe, NM; and Austin, TX, taught us something new about site specific locality, and its effect on the mindset of the creatives working and living there.

Untitled 1 by Mackenzie Huffman, Austin, TX

We are so excited to announce the next chapter in the Coast to Coast exploration: an exhibit showcasing the diverse expressions of American design, art and craft that we uncovered along the way. Our co-presenting partner, NeueHouse, is the perfect site to host the work. The private workspace collective for creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs is designed to inspire the creative mindset, cultivate curiosity, and provoke new ways of thinking, NeueHouse brings together the most creative minds in contemporary culture and commerce — an environment wholly welcoming of great art and design.

The exhibit will also feature selected works from our Conception 01 collection with Molly Haynes. Coast to Coast and The Conception Series were devised in tandem, as the cross country tour — and the talents we’ve uncovered there — have informed our future Conception Series installments.

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Nude 1 by Tommy Panigot, Detroit, MI
Molly Haynes

Join us for Coast to Coast | The Exhibit, opening at Neuehouse’s Madison Square location in New York City on Tuesday, June 11. Foregrounded by works of art and design curated from our tour, Colony’s founder and curator Jean Lin will host a conversation about the different aspects of cultural and urban development that help guide a city into its own identity.

The panel will feature:

Ayumi Sugiyama, Director, Cultural Projects at SHoP Architects

Ayumi challenges each of her projects to function as an invitation, to engage with or position itself in public space “where opportunities for culture can organically develop without preprogramming or expectations.” Ayumi’s work, such as the SITE Santa Fe art space, also prioritizes contextualization within its local environments. How can a newly introduced building be — or become — “of its place?”

Michael Suomi, Principal and Vice President of Interior Design at Stonehill Taylor

Michael’s practice involves a deep-dive into a location’s history. What storylines can be uncovered to incorporate into design, versus purely imposing new stories onto existing spaces? Research, relationships to local studios and artisans, and the like all helped inform (among other projects) his work in Coast to Coast cities Nashville and New Orleans.

Tiffany Brown, Founder of Detroit-based 400 Forward, Co-founder of the nonprofit Urban Arts Collective, and architect

Tiffany was struck with the idea for the 400 Forward initiative when the 400th African American woman recently became a licensed architect in the U.S. Her vision is to create the next generation of African American women architects through long-term, multi-point support, starting from girlhood through licensing. With her work, she responds to the inequity of not only an industry, but also a social infrastructure particularly exclusionary to black women from inner-city communities.

Off Cuts 9 by New Hat Projects, Nashville, TN

Our opening reception conversation will provoke discussion about site-specific real estate development; the importance for architecture to consider the communities it inhabits; and the role that design plays in shaping culture, aesthetic identity, and city systems at large.

The Coast to Coast Exhibition, co-presented by Colony, Design Milk, and NeueHouse, is an opportunity to not only experience work from creatives who are shaping their own cities’ narratives, but also to bridge the geographic distances between each of our cities through the common language of art, craft and design. As we found on our tour, and are so excited to share with you: when viewed through this common lens, America becomes at once a smaller, more intimate community, as well as an expansive, generous source of inspiration and discovery.

Opening reception and panel discussion
June 11, 7:00-9:00 PM

NeueHouse
110 E 25th St
New York, NY 10010
RSVP Essential

Exhibition runs through September 8. Viewings are available by appointment. To schedule your appointment, please contact info@goodcolony.com.

Pas de Deux | The Exhibit

10. pas de deux at colony_Q2C7599
06. pas de deux at colony_Q2C7822
12. pas de deux at colony_Q2C7607

PAS DE DEUX | WORKS ON DISPLAY (download link)

 

Pas de Deux | a duet between Design and Art
On view through May 31
Monday – Friday, 12:00-6:00 PM

08. pas de deux at colony_Q2C7796

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