Meet Colin Tury. Artist. Designer. Maker of furniture and lighting that is simple and thoughtful—and, the case of the chair below, surprisingly comfortable.

We sat down with Tury to talk origin and inspiration.


CV Henriette: Favorite season?

Colin Tury: Winter, it’s so quiet.

CVh: Favorite color?

CT: Black.

CVh: Favorite material? Why? 

CT: Brass.  It’s gold without the bullshit.

CVh: Why do you make furniture? Fun origin story to share? 

CT: That’s a deeper question.  It started as an answer to a young hobby.  It has become a question of what defines me.  Now furniture is an automatic response to combining materials in the shop.

CVh: Why do you make furniture in Detroit? We know your work. You could be doing this anywhere, yeah?

CT: This is where it all started for me.  To be anywhere else would be would feel insincere.

CVh: Do furniture designers only hang out with other furniture designers? Do you have any non-furniture sources of inspiration? 

CT: I’m not sure, my dogs consume most of my free time.  Most of my inspiration comes from things we dream about as kids such as space, robots and machines.  I try to believe there is more out there.

CVh: Secret career fantasy?

CT: Unlimited sandpaper.

CVh: Question I forgot to ask? 

CT: My favorite sandwich is a chicken parm.

You can hear more from Tury Tuesday, September 18th, at ‘The Detroit School’: A Design and Architecture Panel Discussion  in partnership with Lawrence Tech University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology and NEXT:SPACE a leading platform for contemporary studio design.

We will explore the importance of determining the foundational principles of such a school and what are the steps to attain such a movement for Detroit. Considering previous design schools such as Bauhaus, Modernism and the new foundational definitions of the LA School, we look to assess what can set a Detroit School apart and build a lasting legacy – globally.

Karl Daubmann, Dean and Professor at the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University

Michael Poris, Principal McIntosh Poris Associates
Jeff DeBoer, VP/Principal/Chief Innovation Officer Sundberg-Ferar
Colin Tury, Furniture and Lighting Designer 

This event is free and open to public, but space is limited. Please click here to secure your seat.  

The Fairfax Lounge Chair, featured above, is currently on view as part of SHAPE at Shinola’s Midtown Detroit store, located at 441 W Canfield St. Tury’s furniture and objects may be purchased through NEXT:SPACE.