Colönia is an emergent Design Studio based in Porto (Portugal) and founded in 2010 by the designers Joana Machado and João Cruz. They are focused on creative direction, branding escort and communication design. Colönia’s work favors an ideas-led approach and the development of strategic conceptual thinking for personal or collective clients, whether in cultural or business environments.
Parallel to client’s commissions the studio develops self-initiated work to speculate on possible futures and experiment with narrative proposals from the fields of critical design and design fiction. Through the exploration of the hybrid areas at the crossover of creative disciplines such as cinema, literature, and performance, Colönia aims to expand its design boundaries into new territories and enhance the communication experience.
Colönia’s video “Wife Plays The Bass While Husband Makes Some Bricolage”, For the Mobile Museum, No.1- Family, was exhibited in Milan Furniture Fair along with work by Yes Studio, Stefan Sagmeister, Sam Baron, Base Design, Luis Urculo, Study O Portable and Åbäke. Its collection of videos “By Colönia” were commissioned for Bloom and shown at Portugal Fashion’s Imagination AW 2011 in Porto. Colönia first design fiction “Blackware”, was exhibited at Fabrica Features in Lisbon during Experimenta Design – Useless Lisbon Bienal 2011.