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Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

Marsala has been hailed as this year’s ‘Colour of the Year’ by Pantone, the global colour institute that combs the world watching out for that one colour dominating in importance through all creative sectors. The honourable colour is a uniting force in future design and colour influences and is a reflection of what people are looking for and what they feel they need that colour can help answer. It’s not necessarily the fashion colour of the moment, but a refection in all areas of design of what is trending in the global zeitgeist.

The new hue for 2015 is not such a jump from last year’s Colour of the Year – Radiant Orchard. The highly varietal shade of Marsala conjures up images of full-bodied wine and Indian spices, its red-brown tones emanating a sophisticated, yet natural earthiness. The consumer’s need for nurturing and the search for something that feeds the body, mind and soul, is prevalent in the satisfying richness of Marsala.

The impactful qualities of Marsala and its characteristics as a ‘layered colour’ highlight it as the perfect shade for adding warmth into interiors, either used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colours. Complementary pairings include neutrals, such as warmer taupes and grays, and because of its burnished undertones, amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range all pair well.

Pictured above is the classic Artek Stool 60, whose 3-legged design is both simple and stackable. We’re particularly drawn to the series of special edition stools created by well-known architects and designers – this version is by Mike Meiré and features a contemporary contrast between the wine-red seat, and alternate birch, white and black stained legs. Also featured, is the Ronde Pendant designed by Oliver Schick for Gubi. This hand-turned aluminum lamp shade with an ultra-matt lacquer, almost makes it look as if it was made of ceramic.


Pictured above is the Tio collection by Mass Productions, consisting of an elegant side chair, lounge chair, barstool and array of tables, made solely from galvanized steel wire. Due to its transparency and clarity of design, the Tio collection blends well in a variety of environments and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. We particularly love the Wine Red powdercoated version (RAL 3005) which is an ideal choice for restaurant, cafe and coffee shop interiors.

Marsala also lends itself well when applied to textured surfaces, highlighting its suitability for accent piece such as rugs and upholstered furniture which can be easily added to any interior.

Pictured below is new fabric ‘Razzle Dazzle’ – a rich, lush fabric designed by Sylvain Willenz for Febrik. The dynamic fabric offers three variations: uniform, dual-tone, and mélange, all of which offer surprising effects depending on the viewers angle. Razzle Dazzle is available across a wide selection of our upholstered furniture for contract interior environments.

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