Designer co-op opens new exhibit at NeueHouse

Colony, a designers’ co-op, has opened a new exhibit at NeueHouse in New York that highlights artistic works from five U.S. cities.

The exhibit, called Coast to Coast, is the culmination of travels that Colony took in the fall of 2018 though several cities and design communities across the U.S. During its travels, the co-op sought out “new expressions of American design, art and craft,” according to a release.

With that goal in mind, the group brought back with them discovered works for the exhibit from designers and artists local to Detroit, Nashville, New Orleans, Austin and  the Santa Fe region. They made their choices in the hopes of bridging “the geographic distances between cities through the common language of art, craft and design” while highlighting “creatives who are shaping their own cities’ narratives.” In addition to its display of discovered works from the trip, the Coast to Coast exhibit also features selected works from Colony’s Conception 01 collection with Molly Haynes.

“All the work on display at our NeueHouse exhibit was chosen not solely for its aesthetic value,” says Jean Lin, founder and curator of Colony. “We want the show to encapsulate a time and place, a survey of art and design that represents the current expanse of creativity in the US, outside of our major metropolises.”

The Coast to Coast exhibit, presented by Colony in partnership with Design Milk and NeueHouse, opened June 11 and will be on display through Sept. 8.

An opening reception was held on June 11 and included a panel of artists that discussed the different aspects of cultural and urban development that help guide a city into its own identity. The panel featured Ayumi Sugiyama, director of cultural projects at Shop Architects; Michael Soumi, principal and vice president of interior design at Stonehill Taylor; and Tiffany Brown, founder of Detroit-based 400 Forward and co-founder of the nonprofit Urban Arts Collective.