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New Colony Furniture by Annie Evelyn

by Annie Werbler

New Colony Furniture, on Design*Sponge
Annie Evelyn of New Colony Furniture comes from a line of fine furniture makers, with her grandparents at the helm of Old Colony Furniture back in the 1920s, well before her time. Currently in the midst of a three-year artist residency at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Evelyn takes a novel approach to new design work by “upholstering” seating surfaces with uncommon materials, such as concrete, in an effort to precisely control their surface patterns at rest. At ICFF, the mosaic seats of hard materials set within classic oak, ash, and aluminum frames appeared to be rigid and unyielding upon first glance, but the tough upper crust is backed by a resilient foam pad which conforms to the human backside. While her furniture has little of the colonial-revival appeal of generations past, she maintains the handmade and hand-carved characteristics that still populate her beloved childhood associations with furniture. —Annie

Photography by Mercedes Jelinek via New Colony Furniture

New Colony Furniture, on Design*Sponge
Image above: Cracked Concrete

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Image above: Diamond Tufted Chair

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Image above: Floe, a collaboration with Ian Henderson

New Colony Furniture, on Design*Sponge

Image above: Scotty in Graphite, a collaboration with Scotty Albrecht
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Image above: Scotty in Aluminum, a collaboration with Scotty Albrecht

New Colony Furniture, on Design*Sponge
Image above: Scotty in Powder-Coated, a collaboration with Scotty Albrecht

New Colony Furniture, on Design*Sponge
Image above: Protolith, a collaboration with Ian Henderson

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