Posts By Madeleine Parsons

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GH x MVNGMTNS Lamp – Medium

This lamp is part of a limited-edition lighting collection produced in collaboration with ceramicist, Giselle Hicks. A hand built ceramic body is paired with a handblown glass shade making each lamp unique.  Inquire

In Stock available: (1) Glazed sage body, Saffron glass shade, Cloth cord with dimmer switch

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GH x MVNGMTNS Lamp – Small

This lamp is part of a limited-edition lighting collection produced in collaboration with ceramicist, Giselle Hicks. A hand built ceramic body is paired with a handblown glass shade making each lamp unique.  Inquire

In Stock available: (1) Glazed white body, Saffron glass shade, Cloth cord with dimmer switch

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FAVORITES | SPRING FLORALS

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First and foremost, let’s address the shivering elephant in the room; it’s not spring. And if you, like me, were feeling hopeful for green-tipped crocuses and the sound of songbirds, then I implore you not to take the city’s cruel and snowy reminder of a lingering winter too personally. Instead of focusing on still-frozen precipitation, I’m looking forward to the upcoming bouquet making event with Flat Vernacular in celebration of their newly launched floral collection, Wilds.

 

I plan to center my bouquet on the kitchen table in an act of defiance against temperatures in the teens. As Wilds was inspired by resilient flower species, it feels fitting that I’m turning to these blossoms for a cheerful reminder that warmer sunshine is just around the corner.

 

RSVP here to make flower bouquets, drink cocktails and shop the collection, custom prints and the 3-2-4 Candle!

 

-Madeleine Parsons

Strata Credenza without shelves

The modular design of the Strata collection extends to the Strata Credenza available in versatile configurations tailored perfectly to your needs. The solid hardwood case is complete with perforated sliding aluminum doors finished with brass rods which carry into the optional top shelving. The design allows for the credenza to be assembled on site if desired. Custom materials, dimensions and finishes available. Inquire

HOME IS WHERE THE CHAIR IS

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In my four years working at Colony, I’ve moved four times – which means I’ve become quite familiar with my material objects and their respective dimensions as I’ve fit them into the back of various moving vans, up countless sets of stairs, and around tight corners. Each packing period has become an exercise in self-editing and assessing my things for how often and how well I use them. I’ve let enough pieces go curbside to feel protective over those that have stuck with me and adversely towards the idea of further thoughtless consumption.

 

My surviving pieces have been, for the most part, a largely sentimental mix of family heirlooms and cherished thrift store finds. That is with the exception of my prized possession – my half moon chair from Vonnegut/Kraft lacquered in a sunset peach, which I’ve ubiquitously dubbed “pink”.

The chair was a generous gift from Jean following my first holiday season at Colony, tempered by her early December question, “If I buy you that chair, will you stop gushing about it already??” Thinking this a joke, I said yes only to find myself bringing the chair home come Christmas.

 

Having had this piece four times as long as any home in the last decade has made me rethink the concept of what home is to me. As a transplant from New England, I’ve had this query before but never landed upon the concept that my experiences with personal objects have become greater than the sum of those in each transitory home.

 

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“This house sheltered us, we spoke, we loved within those walls. That was yesterday. To-day we pass on, we see it no more, and we are different, changed in some infinitesimal way. We can never be quite the same again.”
– Daphne Du Maurier
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The chair is a living memory of all the actions and reactions it has participated in since we’ve come to know each other so intimately. I’ve written poems in this chair, paid bills in this chair, drunk boundless cups of coffee with my legs crossed and draped in my Nana’s silk robe – a mix of minty green and bright oranges that dance against the pink finish. I’ve set my Christmas “tree” atop the seat and strung the whole thing with fairy lights.

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Most often serving steadfastly as a desk chair, the piece has also functioned as an entry “bench” and bedside “table” when tight spaces have demanded versatility. The poppy pink joinery currently brightens up my living room while providing an extra seat; whereas, I’ve relegated stacks of books and windowsills to act in the less honorable stead of side table.

 

Of all these memories, what I’ve truly lost track of is the amount of times I’ve woken up to find my cat, Loofah, perched on the chair sunning himself. It’s his favorite seat in the house.

 

All the houses.

 

-Madeleine Parsons

Slipper Lounger

The Slipper Lounger combines the enduring design of an armless chair with the modern contours of the Chaise lounger.  The comfortable seat uses zig-zag springs and a semi-attached down cushion. Custom materials, dimensions and finishes available.  Inquire

In Stock available: (1) Cherry veneer, Dalai Lama fabric

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FAVORITES | WINTER LEISURE

 

 

I often find myself exhausted by the time late January rolls around. The holiday craze and winter chill has had time to take it’s toll, and I’m ready to spend my weekends reading in bed. The excitement of last Thursday’s launch of The Conception Series with Controlled Landscapes by Molly Haynes may have something to do with my craving for down time as well. By devoting lazy mornings to my reading list this winter, I hope to build up an inspired source of energy for what is sure to be a busy Spring in design.

 

I’ve just finished Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking which has proved to be a tough one to follow up – so, so beautiful. In case you’re looking for inspiration as well, here are the titles sitting at the top of my windowsill to-read stack: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver, Devotion by Patti Smith, and The Final Voicemails: Poems by Max Ritvo.

 

-Madeleine Parsons

01 Molly Haynes | Cliffhanger

From the Controlled Landscape series, Cliffhanger is a handwoven panel of regimented stripes that are interrupted by organized bursts of sisal fringe. Composition and dimensions by commission. Inquire

 

 

 

 

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