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After Ada Limón

Instructions on Not Giving Up

Ada Limón - 1976-

More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out
of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s
almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving
their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate
sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees
that really gets to me. When all the shock of white
and taffy, the world’s baubles and trinkets, leave
the pavement strewn with the confetti of aftermath,
the leaves come. Patient, plodding, a green skin
growing over whatever winter did to us, a return
to the strange idea of continuous living despite
the mess of us, the hurt, the empty. Fine then,
I’ll take it, the tree seems to say, a new slick leaf
unfurling like a fist to an open palm, I’ll take it all.

Chaise Lounger by Moving Mountains
Moss by Hiroko Takeda
Sculpture by Phaedo
Perennial by Flat Vernacular
Bound Hand Mirror V2 by Grain
Molten Sconce by Allied Maker

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.


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.

Welcoming Bec Brittain at Colony

Aries Rising Capricorn, Bec Brittain's newest collection of work is an unpredictable and unmistakably hand "drawn" series of lighting now on view at Colony.


I felt strongly compelled to create work that reflected a gestural drawing or a sculpture practice more than the precision typical of my design practice. I was very inspired by the singularity of each person's mark when they draw and wanted to incorporate my hand into the work.
-Bec Brittain


Please join us in welcoming Bec to our cooperative of independent American designers. We are so excited to share this new work and her entire collection with you.

Aries RC IV by Bec Brittain
Aries RC II by Bec Brittain
Aries RC V by Bec Brittain
Aries RC I by Bec Brittain

View Full Collection Here


Photography: David Mitchell