NYCxDESIGN 2018 – After the success of last year Lightness exhibition, Colony designers’ co-op invited 17 independent American designers to explore the nuanced concept of balance and its lesser revered counterpart. Because “Perfect balance is a lie, but magic can be found in the space between the Balanced and the Unbalanced,” says Jean Lin, founder of the cooperative show-space in Canal Street.
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Works by Moving Mountains, Farrah Sit, For Standard, Hiroko Takeda and more range from furniture to lighting, from home accessories and textiles to spacial experiential and acoustic design, each “creating harmony and discord,” explains Jean Lin.
Moving Mountains’ Assemblage table is a delicate and unstable-looking composition of geometries while For Standard’s Planar side table stands up thanks to three inch thick porous limestone held together by gravity alone and without the need of any hardware or glue.
The Wormhole coffee table by Brooklyn-based Erickson Aesthetics is constructed of brass-plated steel. The design derives its name from the topological features that represent the shortcut between two points in space-time.
Studio Palo Ferrari showcases a tilting upholstered chair while Earnest Studio created double-mouthed tilting tubular vessels finding their own balance according to the weight of water and flowers they contain.
On show also Hollis+Morris’ Fiddlehead umbrella stands which guarantee the most functional position for a perfect rain-dripping. Textile designer Hiroko Takeda‘s tapestries evoke dreamlike landscapes on a horizon experimenting with yarn tension and release of tension, and shades of colour. Farrah Sit presents porcelain chandeliers inspired by the mid-century cultural fascination of space travel.
“The [exhibition’s] theme manifests itself not as singular works from individual studios, but as an illustrative process of designers and makers finding balance in form, color, scale and material,” says Jean Lin to Archipanic. As a result, Balance-Unbalanced is an unexpected index of substantive beauty. “A beauty that is at times disquieting and at others, peaceful”.
Photography by – Courtesy of Colony designers’ co-op.