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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
110 E 25th St
New York, NY 10010
Exhibition runs through September 8. Viewings are available by appointment. To schedule your appointment, please contact email@example.com.
PAS DE DEUX (noun)
Design looms large — this week in Milan and in our world in general — she no longer takes a back seat, as her value is becoming known to those who should know it. She inches towards the front of the room, and as she approaches, she stands ever taller.
A building made entirely of stairs to be climbed for a fee. Awards that are purchased, not won. Empty rooms transformed into living commercials that jump off the screen and page, and then – ironically – back onto them. In our age of hyper-commerce and of hyper-communication, Design looms larger still.
And as her cheerleader, I dare not object.
But in the cacophony of her growth, she has kept a space for us. We, who exist in the intersection between the plentitude and the passion. Here, we find quiet.
We find a woodworker with his slab of oak. We find a chair with a mother rocking her child to sleep. We find an architect at her desk, with a pencil and paper. Gone are the crowds — and in their place, are one-on-one interactions, personal discoveries and group collaborations. And here, in our corner of design, leading up to New York’s design week, we at Colony celebrate these duets of intimacy.
Before we embark on another busy spring season of launches and May exhibits, a look back at pieces from last year’s NYCxDESIGN show Balance/Unbalanced gives us a moment of reflection on the lasting impact of great design and our ongoing pursuit of balance.