New York 2019 – A duel between design and art goes on show at the Pas de Deux exhibition at New York’s designer’s co-op Colony in Lower Manhattan [324 Canal St, 2nd Fl, New York, NY10013 – Map]. On show painted chairs, consoles and woolly tapestries paired with choreography and painting.
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“The line between curator and designer will be blurred as each maker has to consider not only the work they will be producing but also the context within which it will be showcased,” explains Jean Lee, founder of of Colony independent creative platform and gallery, who has invited 14 of the top American designers on the market to showcase their recent pieces paired with a fine art work of their choosing.
At the center of the exhibition, Paolo Ferrari unveils two upholstered chairs inspired by traditional raincoats; the one with the fringe on the back was produced in collaboration with Hiroko Takeda [Pictured]. Takeda presents the Nigh You Cliff woven textiles, hanging from the ceiling. The designs were created in response to a letter composed by a young whaleman in 1892.
Gregory Buntain of Fort Standard invited his old friend American illustrator Ty Williams to hand-pint his iconic wooden Tombstone Chairs, on display at the front of the gallery’s windows [Pictured]. Flat Vernacular presents the Glasswing Wallpaper, and live-paints a mural throughout the exhibition’s duration inviting visitors to participate in the artwork.
Using Allied Maker’s bespoke hardware, the design studio collaborated on a project with artist Michele Quan, yielding a series of hand-painted stoneware backplates [Pictured]. Furniture designer Ben Erickson debuts a sculptural object, displayed beside a hung painting by Matthew Kirk, titled Friendly Territories (2018).
Grain presents two rug designs — Quilt Rug and Clover Rug — and the Offset Coffee Table in a vignette featuring two paintings by artist Shiela Laufer. Quilt and textile designer Meg Callahan exhibits her new Furrow and Mahler quilts alongside a video screening, featuring a figurative dance duet choreographed by Ella Mahler [Pictured].
KWH unveils their Cove/Arc Credenza alongside MIRЯOR – Yellow Fluorite by Hidenori Ishii. The mirror is made in acrylic and resin on a wood panel, complementing KWH’s own refined woodworking. Moving Mountains designer Syrette Lew exhibits a new iteration of her Chaise Lounger.
Phaedo designer Morgan Spaulding’s new hanging sculpture casts playful shadows on neighboring white canvases creating a new ghostly piece of art. Vonnegut / Kraft unveils a new iteration of its Mesa series alongside a hand-cast series of sculptures by Aine Vonnegut.
All photos: courtesy of Colony, designers’ co-op.