LUXURYCULTURE.COM - Design's Bright Spectrum


Dazzling palettes replace industrial hues as design goes chromatic.

Designers get pantone happy as audacious shades replace muted neutrals in the boldest designs.

In times of social unrest and economic downturns, we turn to color for comfort. As snow and storms rage through Europe, forcing us to seek sanctuary indoors, designers turn to color to raise both our spirits, and of course, commerce. Primary shades inform strong forms, as bold reds, blues and yellows transform simple silhouettes into striking showpieces.

Blue, evocative of serenity and stability, and the calming effect of green, contrast the stimulating effects of red and orange. Whether color really does have a psychological effect, or is just a widely held phenomenon remains the perennial debate, but throughout history each civilization has held its own fascination with the spectrum. As the French Artist, Fernand L├ęger, stated in his 1943 tome On Monumentality and Color, "The craving for colour is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Colour is a raw material indispensable to life. At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated colour with his joys, his actions and his pleasures."

From Gerrit Rietveld's 1917 Red and Blue Chair, inspired by the De Stijl style and by Piet Mondrian, to the brash, clashing designs of 80s Italian collective Memphis group, love it or hate it, color has inspired some of design's most iconic works. Once again audacious shades are making a comeback, from Maarten Baas's primary toned Clay collection, to Christophe Delcourt's pixel printed Rue du Jour, design is certainly looking to the bright side.

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