Exploring structure and enveloping forms, Colony Consult presents an exhibit to mark designer François Chambard’s return to NYCxDESIGN after a two-year hiatus. The groundbreaking collection will feature unconventional armoires, cabinets and credenzas with an otherworldly existence. Showcased with the dimensional textiles of FEBRIK, Ultraframe will celebrate the juxtaposition of contrasting elements: hard vs. soft, internal vs. external and 2D vs. 3D.
A bold experimentation on lightness, the immersive exhibit will explore what “light” is, in all its forms and meanings. The work showcased in Lightness: the full spectrum will be grounded in design, while exploring spatial, experiential, literary and social interpretations of the exhibit theme.
In a departure from previous years, and due to the delicate nature of the show installation, Colony will be holding staggered viewings throughout the duration of the exhibit.
Febrik’s collection of knitted textiles commenced in 2008 under the name Innofa stretch textiles. After several years of international growth Renee Merckx and Jos Pelders continued the successful enterprise under the name Febrik. Known for its versatile collection, innovative approach and collaborative attitude, Febrik creates distinguishing textiles that can be brought into play in the whole gamut of interiors – from domestic use to contract environments.
Three-dimensional structure and stretch are two common threads throughout the entire collection; the latter being a quality intrinsic to the process of knitting. Colour is another benchmark, with matching colour combinations between different designs. Another option is combining distinctive fabrics in the same hue within one design. Versatility is key, with possibilities stretching beyond upholstering.
By putting knitted textiles on the designer map, Febrik aims to serve those who dream today and shape our tomorrow. Doing so by creating interior textiles that allow furniture brands to differentiate from the competition, designers to push the limits of product design and architects to enrich the interiors they fashion.
About UM Project
UM Project designs furniture and unusual goods. Integrating concept, design and manufacturing, the work transcends the qualities of both the handmade and the mass-produced. Rather than utilizing complex processes and transformation, designs rely on the unusual combination and connections of simple forms, honest materials and distinct colors. The result is work that is essential and precise, purposeful and functional, surprising yet familiar, sometimes playful, always inviting. UM is independent and collaborative, the design equivalent of an indie band.
Founded and curated by Jean Lin, Colony is a community of independent furniture, lighting, textiles and objects designers coming together on a New York City stage to celebrate American design with an international audience. Besides it cooperative gallery space, Colony Consult is a global design and strategy firm. A companion to Colony Co-op, Consult works with a wide range of clients to utilize design, creative direction, marketing and editorial content to better articulate their position in the American market.
Since its inception, Collective Design has been an active supporter of and participant in NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design, which will run from May 3-24, 2017. Spanning all disciplines of design, NYCxDESIGN creates a collaborative platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, elevates established and emerging design practices and increases awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences. Hosted in New York City, NYCxDESIGN brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios. The program is overseen by NYCEDC together with a Steering Committee comprised of leaders and leading institutions across most design disciplines.