For the first time ever, Pantone has chosen two signature colors for its annual Color of the Year selection: Serenity and Rose Quartz. The combination of both colors creates a calm and relaxing palette that promotes tranquility and inner peace, the color gurus at Pantone explain. “With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” said Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman in a statement. Serenity and Rose Quartz made their debut in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2016 as well as on the runways for both men and women and in both jewelry and fashion accessories such as handbags, hats, footwear, and wearable technology. “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” said Eiseman in a statement. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumers’ increased comfort with using color as a form of expression which includes a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged, and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.” In addition to the colors being featured in fashion, they are also making a splash in the world of kitchen appliances. KitchenAid and Keurig are two of the leading brands that are incorporating the colors of the year in their products.
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According to the trend-setting powers at Pantone and Sherwin Williams, we'll be looking at the world through rose(ish)-colored glasses in 2015. To combat the cold, dreary winter months—goodbye Seasonal Anxiety Disorder!—two new colors belonging to the warm and vibrant palette of pinks, reds, and oranges are expected to saturate 2015. So what's next year's official color of the year? Without further delay… the “robust and earthy” Marsala (Pantone 18-1438) has been named Pantone’s 2015 color of the year. It will, according to the company’s website, “enrich our minds, bodies, and souls.” While this color promises such profound fulfillment beyond mere aesthetics, it does have more versatile and practical uses, which “translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a statement. Furniture companies, like BoConcept, have already launched designs in this “hearty yet stylish” shade. Not to be outdone, Sherwin-Williams has also released its own color projection for 2015. A related, yet different tone than Marsala, Sherwin-Williams' “carefree” and “optimistic” shade of Coral Reef was named 2015 color of the year by the paint company. This shade is part of the Buoyant Collection, and hints to better times. “After weathering the recession and finally seeing signs of growth, the Buoyant palette reflects our enthusiasm with colors that evoke big, bright floral designs and inspire consumers. Our spirits echo the optimism following World War II when GIs returned from exotic locales, bringing tropical prints and tiki-inspired looks,” said Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, in a statement. Who knew the economy and color forecasting were so intertwined? This multipurpose shade is equally suited for the young and old, explained Jordan. “Coral Reef can be used in a dining space within a senior living facility or on the wall of a multi-family game room,” said Jordan. “This tropical color lends itself well to hospitality settings, especially in warm climates such as Calif., Florida and Hawaii.” As the saying goes, everything is coming up roses... at least for 2015.
Winter months in the Benelux countries are not known for blue skies and bright sun. So perhaps there's an altruistic underpinning to the design of the new 59-room Pantone Hotel in Brussels. Did architect Olivier Hannaert and interior designer Michel Pennemann seek to lift the seasonally-depressed spirits of the populace through the colorful palette? We'd like to think so, although the relentless branding campaign by the client raises a smidgen of doubt. To wit: The Pantone roller bag won't get lost in the sea of black Tumi bags on the luggage carousel. Trundle down the hall, and find your color-coded room: Key fobs graphically remind you where you are—if that's necessary: Once inside, the bed linens resemble a color chip; the walls, even more so: Room service! Maybe a spot of tea will help you feel at home: Expecting visitors? Invite them to pull up a chair: Unpacked, it's time to go explore the city. What better means of transportation—conveniently available through the front desk—could there possibly be, to best appreciate the local architecture than a two-wheeled color swatch? And in case you've forgotten a toiletry essential, never fear—Pantone is here (and increasingly everywhere).
De facto color authority Pantone announced the 2014 Color of the Year is 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a shade of purple with undertones of pink and fuchsia. The Color of Year is determined through popular culture and socio-economic research. The institute recommends Radiant Orchid for interiors as the anchor color, as well as accents and detailing. “While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a statement. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” To learn more visit pantone.com.
Just in time for the holiday season, and perhaps taking its cue from Christmas palette, the color wizards at Pantone have announced the 2013 color of the year. Drum roll please ... Emerald, or color code 17-5641 to be exact. If you're wondering why emerald, and not say, forest green, here's what Pantone has to say: "Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony." "The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a statement. "As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors." Last year's Tangerine Tango popped up everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled for Emerald.
Pimp Our Ruins Formula for architectural mischief: Start with a fabulous ruin. Then add a public entity with oversight of fabulous ruins, which, in turn, summons a quirky arts organization to devise a competition to do something useful with said ruin in peril. Governors Island? Nope. Think England: The fabulous ruin is Sutton Scarsdale Hall, a dilapidated wreck of a structure in the countryside of Derbyshire. The public entity is English Heritage, which watches over Stonehenge among other oddities, and the arts organization is something called the Centre of Attention. The 1724 Georgian hall was stripped to its foundation in 1919, and some of the interior paneling ended up in the Hearst Castle and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, although apparently there are still “traces of sumptuous plasterwork.” (Don’t miss the ha-ha ditch on the picturesquely wrecked grounds.) The Centre of Attention has called for proposals to transform the stone shell into “a pavilion of post-contemporary curating.” If that’s your cup of tea, dive right in. Saarinen’s Punch List In the exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future at the Museum of the City of New York, there is a peculiar document among the Finnish architect’s personal ephemera on display. It’s a marriage proposal to his second wife, Aline, in the form of a checklist in which he rates her and several other women on categories including beauty, sex, and support of her husband’s career. It’s not unlike the way some architects weigh the pros and cons of a number of possible building schemes. We assume that Aline—an accomplished art critic, author, and television reporter—was amused. The exhibition closes January 31. Color Me Opaque Color authority Pantone has selected 15-5519 Turquoise as the 2010 color of the year. Thank god that’s sorted out. But apparently, no decision has been made on which media company will be awarded the contract to be the AIA’s official publication. Will Architectural Record renew, or will it go to one of the other two competitors who made the shortlist? Now we hear that we won’t hear until the board meets again in February. Frankly, we’re feeling rather teal about the whole business. [Ed.: This was published in print prior to the decision in, uh, January. So much for those sources, Sarah.] Send paint chips and tea leaves to firstname.lastname@example.org.