Seattle conjures images of the historic Pike Place Fish Market, the original Starbucks coffee shop and the iconic space needle. It was on a recent first time visit to this beautiful city that my family and I enjoyed the usual spots, but discovered much more. Architectural elegance, beauty in unexpected places, and a Guggenheim-designed children’s museum that delighted us all.
N ow that we are well into 2013 I’d like to review Pantone’s color of the year, , and how it’s being used.
Even as the perfect color for an economy that’s “on the mend”, I admit that this choice surprised me a bit this year. I was betting money on lilac based on it’s current popularity in design magazines. Pantone considers more than design though when choosing this honor, and I’ll freely admit I didn’t make it to the auto shows this year.
Pantone (www.pantone.com) is the “world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries.” They are responsible for most of what is available on the mass retail market by following high style, cutting edge visionaries in numerous industries and emerging trends. Their system is ideal for assembling creative palettes and conceptual color schemes, as well as providing color communication and control in the manufacturing process. After distilling this information they publish forecasts, which are then bought by most companies (from graphic arts, fashion, home interior to industrial design and consumer markets) and used as a reference when making product decisions.
Most of the tile designs are unique to the country, but with a closer look you can see influences from the Middle East and Africa as well as religious influences of Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam. The colors are vibrant, bold and beautiful and were created by a process that the Spanish finally perfected in the 11th century when the Arabʼs invaded the Iberian peninsula. The style is so unique that hundreds of years later they are still readily recognized around the world. Recently they have regained favor and are found in mainstream design again.