New York City is home to so many cool and interesting furniture resources, and I love to explore places that celebrate independent designers and local makers. Located in a bright and airy loft space above bustling Canal Street, Colony is a designer's co-op founded and curated by Jean Lin. It's a showroom and gallery space that showcases the work of 16 independent furniture, lighting, textile and object designers. The idea was conceived in a cooperative spirit as a way for smaller designers to pool their resources and share their work with a larger audience. While each designer brings a unique flavor the the space, they share a similar aesthetic. The collection is dominated by clean lines, simple geometric shapes, and luxurious, natural materials. Keep reading to see more pics from my visit to the showroom, and a few of my favorite pieces:
The items featured in the showroom are just a sampling of what each designer can do. Everything is custom order, and lead times vary by designer - typically 4-6 weeks. Most items are made locally in New York while some pieces are manufactured in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Seattle. The group is soon expanding to include some international designers as well. Prices vary by designer. There are some accessories available for under $200 while furniture items typically cost $500 and up. The showroom is open Monday-Friday from 12pm-6pm or by appointment.
The front entrance is a little unexpected. If you see a sign that says 324 Canal Street, you've come to the right place. You'd never guess that such a serene and peaceful showroom lies beyond the grungy exterior.
I love the simple shapes and rich finishes of these light fixtures by Allied Maker. Each piece is handcrafted in Long Island, and has a beautiful patina that will develop over time.
I've been collecting records lately, and this gorgeous piece by Symbol is the stuff of my minimalist, vinyl-playing dreams. The Symbol collection was designed as a distinctive alternative to the impersonal, mass-produced consumer electronics storage cabinets out there.
I adore the artful simplicity of this standing mirror by Moving Mountains. Made in the USA, the elegant lines of this piece make a striking design statement.
I'd love one of these gorgeous hanging planters by Farrah Sit.
The showroom also represents Brooklyn-based wallpaper company Flat Vernacular. You can check out their quirky, hand-drawn, hand-painted papers in person. These are a few of my favorites below:
More exquisite, site-specific textiles by Hiroko Takeda on the right:
Warm and contemporary marble dining table by Fort Standard.
The Colony is an exciting and innovative space on the New York City design scene, and definitely worth a visit. Check it out the next time you are in the neighborhood!