It is not the form that dictates the colour, but the COLOUR that brings out the form.

Friday, March 26, 2010 colour



After a several seasons in supporting roles to grey, yellow and violet, blue and turquoise are the stars of 2010, as evidenced by these recent magazine covers, and now I’m seeing blue everywhere. I caught myself in Anthropologie, drifting towards a knobbly turquoise mid-centuryesque vase, drawn by the depth of its colours—not unlike the mottled blues of these plaster walls in Morocco:

Pantone has named PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise as the Colour of the Year for 2010.

Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a comforting escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.

Vipp, a Danish design company established in 1939, is featuring an entire range of limited edition accessories in a zippy shade of turquoise, aptly styled Mermaid Blues. (The colour for 2009 was Yellow Cab, and 2008 was Purple Cut.)

Apartment Therapy, a favourite shelter blog, is featuring articles such as Turquoise Touches In The Kitchen.

Blue has always been around in one tint or another, but whew, when it rains, it pours.

(Ah, vintage Madonna. I’d forgotten she had dark hair!)

P.S. The title of this post is taken from a quote by Hans Hofmann.

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