Saturday, March 29, 2014

PANTONEVIEW Home + Interiors 2015

[New York], March 29, 2014 - Pantone has released Pantone View Home + Interiors 2015, a compendium of major color trends that will influence the home and interiors marketplace in 2015.

The report features nine key trend palettes, including Style-Setting, Abstractions, Botanicum, Zensations, Urban Jungle, Tinted Medley, Past Traces, Serendipity and Spontaneity, plus individual color and material direction.

"Consumer preferences, behaviors and lifestyles are constantly evolving spawning a desire for fresh color palettes in both home and interior design," commented Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

"While rigid color rules have been replaced by more creative guidelines, style and color coordination in the home remains a consistent goal. The PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2015 forecast can validate some pre-conceived color choices, while also giving new color inspiration and direction."

Pantone View Home + Interiors 2015 contains visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies, individual tear-out palette cards for each of the nine forecasted palettes, swatches of the 72 forecasted colors, and images from the forecast for use in presentations and storyboards.

As high fashion is often a forerunner to styling for home furnishings in line, design, texture and color, the taste-making palette called Style-Setting is all about poise, finesse and polish. The elegance of the purple family adds a dramatic interplay against classic mahogany, off-white, gray and taupe, along with subtly shimmering frosted almond and champagne beige.

PANTONE 14-1012 Champagne Beige
PANTONE 19-3325 Wood Violet
PANTONE 19-1420 Deep Mahogany
PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid
PANTONE 18-4005 Steel Gray
PANTONE 13-1012 Frosted Almond
PANTONE 17-1311 Desert Taupe
PANTONE 11-1001 White Alyssum


Abstractions unleashes the inner artist, similar to the formulation of abstract art where styling might seem randomly gathered, forming a mosaic of differing shapes and many of them geometric. Colors such as grape and apricot, dahlia red, stonewashed blue, hazel nut brown and vineyard green seem to come from equally disparate places, but when brought together create an artistic whole.

PANTONE 16-1518 Rosette
PANTONE 19-1555 Red Dahlia
PANTONE 19-4342 Seaport
PANTONE 19-4342 Crushed Grape
PANTONE 17-1143 Hazel
PANTONE 14-1120 Apricot Illusion
PANTONE 17-3917 Stonewash
PANTONE 18-0117 Vineyard Green

Botanicum is a palette lifted directly from the complexities of flora and foliage, forming intriguing groupings filled with succulent shadings of green, grape and café au lait, most often counter-balanced with dusty or smoky tones of blue and orchid. When used together, a sophisticated, yet inherently natural palette emerges.

PANTONE 16-0840 Antique Moss
PANTONE 16-4010 Dusty Blue
PANTONE 18-1710 Grape Nectar
PANTONE 17-1227 Café au Lait
PANTONE 17-3612 Orchid Mist
PANTONE 18-3410 Vintage Violet
PANTONE 15-2210 Orchid Smoke
PANTONE 17-0207 Rock Ridge

The palette titled Zensations truly engages and heightens the senses as it displays a literal "enlightenment" by taking the thoughtful, meditative qualities of the blue and blue-green family to more visceral level by adding a compelling red, an atmospheric green as well as sparkling silver and gold.

PANTONE 15-0927 Pale Gold
PANTONE 14-5002 Silver
PANTONE 19-3810 Eclipse
PANTONE 19-3952 Surf the Web
PANTONE 17-4139 Azure Blue
PANTONE 19-4526 Blue Coral
PANTONE 19-2033 Anemone
PANTONE 17-6212 Sea Spray

Urban Jungle
An Urban Jungle transforms rustic chaos into something "civilized" and sylvan - speaking more of big city living than that of a wild terrain. Rather than consistently rough textured, contours are smoother and colors a combination of both typical and atypical jungle hues. Warm animal skin tones are set against the modernity of deep blue-greens, a vibrant greenish yellow, plus black and white.
PANTONE 18-4718 Hydro
PANTONE 14-0740 Bamboo
PANTONE 17-1340 Adobe
PANTONE 18-1447 Orange Rust
PANTONE 16-0940 Taffy
PANTONE 13-1009 Biscotti
PANTONE 19-4008 Meteorite
PANTONE 11-0601 Bright White

Tinted Medley
Tinted Medley is truly a harmonious composition of closely related, deliciously warm tones with peach and pink striking the main chord. Bellini, apricot wash, peach amber and macadamia are compatible blends, while powdered roses and yellows underscore and support the perfect pitch of an ethereal rosy-taupe.

PANTONE 14-1506 Rose Smoke
PANTONE 12-0619 Dusty Yellow
PANTONE 13-1114 Bellini
PANTONE 14-1230 Apricot Wash
PANTONE 15-1506 Etherea
PANTONE 14-1316 Dusty Pink
PANTONE 15-1423 Peach Amber
PANTONE 12-0709 Macadamia

Past Traces
Past Traces honors history in the home, holding on to some vestige of the past is deeply satisfying and reassuring. The look ranges from gently worn to contemporized adaptations - still many of the colors with names like pastel parchment, cameo green, faded denim and dusty cedar, capture a vintage feel.

PANTONE 11-0603 Pastel Parchment
PANTONE 15-1516 Peach Beige
PANTONE 14-6312 Cameo Green
PANTONE 17-4021 Faded Denim
PANTONE 16-1406 Atmosphere
PANTONE 15-4712 Marine Blue
PANTONE 18-1630 Dusty Cedar
PANTONE 18-0328 Cedar Green


The literal meaning of Serendipity is "a pleasant surprise" or "a happy accident." In the parlance of styling, it is the coming together of unlikely designs and unexpected colors. An outgoing orange engages cool eggshell blue, while bright chartreuse is enhanced by a yellow gold and hot pink embraces a lofty scarlet - all under the watchful gaze of a tiger's eye taupe.

PANTONE 16-1363 Puffin's Bill
PANTONE 19-1559 Scarlet Sage
PANTONE 17-2036 Magenta
PANTONE 17-3020 Spring Crocus
PANTONE 14-4809 Eggshell Blue
PANTONE 17-1038 Tiger's Eye
PANTONE 14-0445 Bright Chartreuse
PANTONE 15-1050 Golden Glow

Irrepressible fun is what the Spontaneity palette delivers. Just as the name implies, it is the stuff that spur-of-the-moment, impulse buying is all about, with whimsical design and unique color mixtures a large part of the attraction. Happy hues of Sunkist coral, marigold and delicious cantaloupe are complemented by the exuberance of Kelly Green and floral accents of hyacinth, violet quartz, winsome orchid or misty jade.

PANTONE 14-3206 Winsome Orchid
PANTONE 17-1736 Sunkist Coral
PANTONE 13-6008 Misty Jade
PANTONE 15-1239 Cantaloupe
PANTONE 14-1050 Marigold
PANTONE 17-3619 Hyacinth
PANTONE 18-1720 Violet Quartz
PANTONE 16-6138 Kelly

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world's color authority for almost 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at

Thursday, February 13, 2014

BAUX Träullit by Form Us With Love

[New York], February 13, 2014 - BAUX is a new design brand founded on the belief that building materials should be surprisingly functional and remarkably beautiful. BAUX Träullit is the first collection consisting of sound absorbing wall panels.

The BAUX Träullit collection of wood wool acoustic panels is a canny combination of form and function. Available in a range of vibrant colours, the BAUX Träullit collection combines excellent sound absorption with a natural capacity for heat and moisture regulation.

BAUX Träullit panels can be combined to create remarkable structural patterns for residential, industrial or public spaces. Benefits include lower energy costs, a reduced environmental impact and a stable indoor climate.

Designed by Swedish design studio, Form Us With Love, the BAUX Träullit collection features six different geometrical shapes, available in two sizes and five color sets, offering over 240 creative variations!

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BAUX Träullit is available in 5 different color schemes:
Clouds - Light colors are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm.
Woods - Green is considered to be the most restful color for the eye.
Sky & Sea - Blue is calming and relaxing and lowers blood pressure.
Sunset - Stir up the excitement! Red creates a feeling of anticipation.
Earth & Mountain - Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and energy!
The BAUX Founding Partners
From left: Fredrik Franzon, Johan Ronnestam, Petrus Palmér, Jonas Pettersson, John Löfgren
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BAUX is founded on the belief that building materials should be surprisingly functional and remarkably beautiful. BAUX designs, produces and markets construction materials that meet the contemporary expectations of architects, engineers and builders - without compromising safety and environmental standards. BAUX is a joint venture between entrepreneurs Johan Ronnestam and Fredrik Franzon and the founding members of design studio Form Us With Love: Jonas Pettersson, John Löfgren and Petrus Palmér.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pantone Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

Expressive, Exotic Radiant Orchid Blooms with Confidence and Warmth

[CARLSTADT, N.J.], December 10, 2013 - Pantone LLC, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014.

"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. "An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today's society."

"An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm."

Radiant Orchid for Interiors
Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.

Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid re-energizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.

Radiant Orchid for Fashion

Radiant Orchid's rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. A dazzling attention-getter, Radiant Orchid permeated the runways during the spring 2014 fashion shows and is already making its way onto the red carpet. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2014 (read more), including Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi, are incorporating Radiant Orchid into their spring collections and variations of this hue will carry into men's and women's clothing and accessories throughout next year.

This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid's exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.

Cross-Referencing to Other PANTONE Libraries
PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid can also be cross-referenced to all other PANTONE Libraries including PANTONE PLUS for graphic design. For cross-referencing information, click here or see

About the PANTONE Color of the Year
The color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

For more than a decade, Pantone's Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world's color authority for almost 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at

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Friday, September 6, 2013

2014/2015 Heimtextil Trends: "Progress! Revive!"

KL30 by Yago Hortal, Image courtesy of Heimtextil

[Frankfurt], September 6, 2013 - Heimtextil presents four themes for the 2014/2015 Heimtextil Trends: "Progress! Revive!"

The Heimtextil Trends is the creative way to discover the most important and international trends at the beginning of every year.

The trend information gives product developers, furnishing specialists and designers first-class orientation to interpret current social and cultural developments as well as future consumer requirements.

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#Heimtextil  #InteriorDesign #Hometextiles #Fabrics #FashionTrendsetter

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

ALU NYC Showroom Commences with Flying Colors

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[New York], July 30, 2013 - A new look has been given to ALU's NYC showroom. Thanks to a partnership with PANTONE, at the end of June the newly transformed space pays a tribute to colors and enhances ALU's creed to reinvent and re-imagine.

The showroom highlights the ability of ALU design systems to personalize your retail experience and share mutual standards of performances in order to reach co-creation together with you.

A chameleonic Slash plays a significant role: a white painted wall mounted installation is put in contrast with a series of emerald nuanced magnetic supports. Column Slash bonds as the elegant provider and clear cut solution which uses the space to its full potential. Autopole works with a new range of signage to communicate effectively the character of your store.

All Photos Courtesy of ALU -

About ALU

ALU is an international company with more than 25 years of experience catering to the retail world.

Since its founding, ALU has partnered with many leading international retailers and premium brands such as Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Sears, Chanel, Zara, Bank of America, Ray Ban, Nokia, Luxottica, Sephora, Estée Lauder, Adidas, Maclaren, JCPenney, Helly Hansen, Wrangler and General Motors, among others.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

"Zaha Hadid – World Architecture" Exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre

[New York], July 5, 2013 - The summer exhibition at The Danish Architecture Centre features the work of the internationally acclaimed star architect Zaha Hadid in her first solo exhibition in Scandinavia from 29 June to 29 September 2013.

The Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid is one of the most admired and discussed architects in the world. She also happens to be the only woman in the "premier league" of architecture, and the first female architect to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize - "the Nobel Prize of architecture".

For the past 30 years, Zaha Hadid has challenged the boundaries of architecture with her sensual, expressive architectural language which has become an icon for our vision of the global architecture of tomorrow. Examples of her work include: the MAXXI Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome (2010), Guangzhou Opera House (2010), the BMW Central Building in Leipzig (2005), London Aquatic Centre (2012) and, in Denmark, the extension to the museum Ordrupgaard (2005), situated north of Copenhagen.

For this summer's major exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre, Zaha Hadid Architects have created an extraordinary exhibition experience. You will enter a world of towers, floating shells, selected projects and designer objects. Everything is presented in a borderless scenic universe, showing how Zaha Hadid's spectacular buildings and designs arise out of a progressive digital and geometric universe.

Interactive Installation
At the exhibition you can experience an interactive installation that changes in form and expression by the visitor's movements in space. Here you can see a video of the installation from the exhibition.

Parametric Space from Kollision on Vimeo.

Zaha Hadid Architects [] worked together with design office Kollision [], CAVI [] and Wahlberg [] to create the interactive installation 'Parametric Space' for the exhibition 'Zaha Hadid - World Architecture' at the Danish Architecture Centre [] 29 June - 29 September 2013.

The installation is a fully parametric space that reacts to the visitors' movements by changing shape and expression. At first glance the installation is a dark rectangular space - four walls, floor and ceiling. But the space change when visitors enter. What appears to be a normal flat ceiling reveals itself as a flexible membrane that starts to glow and physically move down into a funnel shape that slowly reaches out. Stepping closer to the funnel it moves further down; stepping back the membrane draws itself back, too. But the membrane does not only change its shape it is also brought to life by thousands of dynamic light particles inhabiting the surface reacting on the membrane movements, creating an almost dreamy but still tangible experience related to the parametrically architectural language that Zaha Hadid Architects are known for.


The installation is brought to life by two laser scanner sensors that continuously gather information about visitors' positions in the space. The positions are used for calculating the heights of the four actuators pushing and pulling cylindrical volumes on the topside of the membrane. The cylinders are equipped with RGB light sources that express the cylinder height by color and intensity. Finally, four projectors built into the floor, project the particles of light onto the membrane. The particles are spatially calculated on a virtual 3D surface of the approximate membrane shape.

The exhibition was developed by Zaha Hadid Architects in collaboration with the Danish Architecture Centre, supported by Realdania [] and Kvadrat []. Kollision managed the design process and the technical project development of Parametric Space together with Zaha Hadid Architects; CAVI programmed the infrastructure and the parametric actuator and lighting control; Wahlberg constructed the membrane installation together with the actuator and the light source integration; and Zaha Hadid Architects developed the real-time graphics projected onto the membrane.

Get a glimpse of behind the scenes:

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Clariant Launches ColorForward Interiors: First Color and Trend Forecasting Guide for Fibers and Textiles

Color palettes for textiles inspire designers, architects and manufacturers with market insights for 2014 Predictions based on intensive research of societal trends around the world Gives manufacturers a head-start on potential consumer-purchasing decision drivers.

[Muttenz, Switzerland], May 10, 2013 - Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has launched ColorForward Interiors, the first color and trend forecasting tool of its kind. It provides designers and producers of textile yarn and filaments with insight into what consumers will respond to in 2014 and beyond. ColorForward Interiors expands on the foundation of Clariant's well-accepted ColorForward color direction guide.

"Clariant's ColorForward program is the best knowledge we have of today's and tomorrow's trends and how they influence the way consumers respond to color," says Francis Baud, Global Head of Marketing - Textiles for Clariant Masterbatches. "We want to capture that knowledge and present it in a way that is specifically applicable to the textile, upholstery, and carpet industries. I am sure this unique initiative will spark great interest."

Now in its eighth year, ColorForward's directions have helped define the colors that can be expected to attract and move consumers in the future. It is the result of the collaborative effort of plastics color specialists from North and South America, Europe and Asia in the global network of ColorWorks design & technology centers of the Clariant Masterbatches Business Unit. The service has helped manufacturers of all types of products get a head start on understand how color can influence consumer purchasing decisions. Now, the Clariant Masterbatches Textile Group has focused its specialized expertise to expand the ColorForward 2014 palette to help customers in the fiber and yarn market in the same way.

"Our colored masterbatches for textile yarn and filaments are used during the spinning process at our customers, for the production of end products such as carpets, fabrics, furnishings and seat covers," says Baud. "Therefore, our expertise in color, consumer habits, polymer science and fiber processing is very valuable to our customers and their designers as they select and combine colors during the initial phase of the creation of their textile articles."

ColorForward Interiors starts from a color palette created from an analysis of four important societal trends chosen by Clariant's color experts from a myriad of global inspirations. Each trend theme is then represented by five colors that capture the spirit and emotion behind the trend. The palette is then doubled in size, to include complementary shades. "Fabric and carpet designers tend to blend colors, merging bright hues with softer tones to create an overall color effect that makes a singular impression on the eye," explains Judith van Vliet, designer at ColorWorks Europe/IMEA and a member of the ColorForward team. "ColorForward Interiors has 40 colors that designers can mix and match in a creative and playful way."

Each color is reproduced in nylon or polypropylene fibers that are formed into pompons stored in a presentation box. The pompons can be rearranged inside the box to create hundreds of combinations. "We aren't trying to tell designers which colors to use," says Alessandro Pozzati, ColorWorks Europe/IMEA Industrial Designer. "The trend colors suggest what consumers may respond to in 2014, but how our customers use them is totally up to them. ColorForward Interiors is an inspirational tool."

Uncovering the most significant trends and the colors they engender is not a simple task. Experts in color, design, marketing and polymers from every part of the world, representing multiple disciplines, collaborated not only in identifying global societal trends, but also developing harmonious colors that reflect each trend's special influence.

The four trend themes for 2014 are:

Keep It Real
At a time when consumers are overwhelmed with brands and bored with me-too products, manufacturers want to know how they can keep them excited. People want to feel a connection with the things. They want what's real and tangible, and manufacturers need to understand this. To stand out in the marketplace, designs have to connect with consumers on a more personal level.

After the recent recession, the public is tired and disappointed with old ideas and waste. They want to re-purpose the old into new. This theme acknowledges a new freedom of expression that looks at existing materials from different angles and imagines new creations.

"The colors of Re|use|full are a visualization of thinking outside of the box, of morphing discarded products into new-generation identities," explains Pozzati. "The colors suggest feelings of timelessness, longevity and permanence."

There to Share

In the mobile internet age where information on almost anything is easily accessible, shared thinking, collaborative reflection and networked learning are new approaches to inquiry-based research. Today's young generation is more open to sharing knowledge and uniting ideas to solve world problems is 'in.' Money and possessions are perceived as less important, while the sharing of knowledge is seen as generous, and a better representation of goodness and value. "The colors of There to Share are connective, suggesting how individuals around the world are connected, sharing their experiences, thoughts and ideas across time zones, as technology allows them to share, effortlessly and quickly," reveals Judith van Vliet.

Vamos Jogar Bola
The spirit of Brazil is what defines this theme. The 2014 soccer championship in Brazil will draw together millions of fans from diverse countries to share a common passion - their love for football, which really can reach the level of a religious fervor. Brazilians also express themselves through their colorful Carnival, infused with samba music and dance. These events draw immense crowds and can be perceived as an invitation to come together and unite to solve global problems. The world is opening up rapidly, and as it does, and new middle classes emerge, so too do new markets. Brazil is investing huge resources to change itself. The phenomenon of inclusion can be seen everywhere in the country. In addition, sustainable development events are powered by innovation. There is so much joy in the air, as Brazil has so much to celebrate.

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