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Context Clues | Lightness, 2017

Navigating an uncertain future seems impossibly bleak without celebrating the past from which we’ve built upon. To that end, we want to share some of our favorite Colony moments, memories and musings over the years — some Context Clues — while inviting you to join us in the challenging road ahead.

Lightness: the full spectrum was conceived in August, 2016. Our group of designers sat together and discussed business, design, and the year ahead with excitement and optimism. We decided Lightness was a theme we could all tackle with proficiency and vigor, one that would work for each individual studio and result in a cohesive and compelling whole.

As the year between NY Design Weeks progressed, and Donald Trump was elected and sworn in as President of the United States, Lightness drifted far from our minds. We were enveloped in a darkness created by the divisive and vitriolic tenor of our country and our world. Colony Co-op meetings and correspondence became a place for shared anger, fear and ultimately support.

Thus, in our community — Colony and our many wonderful friends, clients and colleagues — lightness began to take on so much more meaning. A spirit that permeated our process from each individual piece to the exhibit as a whole.

This exhibit is an exploration of Lightness in all its forms and meanings. Forms conceived by studios strong in their design vernacular, yet always pushing themselves to explore further. And meanings that continue to unveil themselves to us as we grow our community, our businesses and find our footing in this new world.

 

We hope this exhibit will be a source of inspiration and levity. A reminder for all of us to continue to seek substantive beauty, love and lightness in our world, our communities and our lives.

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Context Clues | Our favorite Holiday

Navigating an uncertain future seems impossibly bleak without celebrating the past from which we’ve built upon. To that end, we want to share some of our favorite Colony moments, memories and musings over the years — some Context Clues — while inviting you to join us in the challenging road ahead.

Colony Halloweens: costumes are ALWAYS required.
Halloween 2016 Invite
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Context Clues | Spring 2014

Navigating an uncertain future seems impossibly bleak without celebrating the past from which we’ve built upon. To that end, we want to share some of our favorite Colony moments, memories and musings over the years — some Context Clues — while inviting you to join us in the challenging road ahead.

COLONY 2014

Allied Maker
Flat Vernacular
Hiroko Takeda
KWH Furniture
Meg Callahan
Moving Mountains
Vonnegut/Kraft
Assembly
Egg Collective
Sharktooth
Sit and Read
Token
UM Project
Zoë Mowat

Our founding group saw what Colony could be before it was, and so many of them continue to grace our gallery floor.

Notes from the Curator: Spring 2020

Exactly six years ago, I signed a lease for a commercial space at 324 Canal Street. I spent the spring and summer of 2014 sitting alone in this giant room, surrounded by beauty that until then, only inhabited my dreams.

 

I sat alone for months, unsure if you all would come share this beauty with me.

 

What Colony has become since then is so much greater than the sum of those six years, and while I’ve struggled in the past week to find the words to properly express my feelings, Colony’s founding ethos of community and lasting beauty has only rung louder in my ears. You have all made Colony what it is today, and I am so grateful.

 

I am grateful, I am scared, I am determined.

 

I am determined to keep working towards those founding goals, alone in this giant, beautiful room. But I’m certain now that when the time comes, you will all join me again.

 

With love and hope,

Jean Lin

Seeing Double

AME TECHNICAL and AME NATURAL by STUDIO PAOLO FERRARI
RELEVÉ STOOL by VONNEGUT/KRAFT
SOUNDING by HIROKO TAKEDA
BASTION DOUBLE by ALLIED MAKER

Conception 02 | Maung Maung Mirrors by Nina Cho

Conception 02 | Maung Maung Mirrors by Nina Cho is an exclusive collection of artfully minimal mirrors by Detroit-based designer Nina Cho. The exhibition is hosted at Morris Adjmi Architects at 60 Broad Street, 32nd floor, New York, NY, by appointment through January 24, 2020.

Nina Cho Mirror No.6
“Even though a mirror is two-dimensional, it feels three-dimensional to me…”
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A newly conceived design incubator, The Conception Series introduces the international design market to emerging American talent through a series of pop-up exhibits and exclusive, limited edition collections. Starting with Conception 01 | Molly Haynes and now Conception 02 | Nina Cho, the series ushers forth a new generation of designers, artists and makers into the contemporary design vernacular of today.

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Nina Cho Mirror No.1
“Maung Maung is the Korean word for an obscured sense of depth; when a view is so vast that you lose a sense of where it ends.” -Nina Cho

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