From textiles to tiles, stone to panelling, colour plays an integral role within any design project. As such, each month Surfacing has invited the trend forecasting company behind Mix Publications, Global Color Research, to talk about a key colour for the current season. Although the company forecasts colour trends two years ahead of the season, this series of articles will focus on a colour of the month, taken from the Mix Trends forecast. Hannah Malein presents April’s colour, teal green ...
Grouped with an array of urban-inspired hues, this intense teal green creates the ultimate eclectic aesthetic in the spring/summer 2013 story, Crowd. Exploring the visual effects of globalisation, Crowd celebrates the density and diversity of our multi-cultural societies. This initiates a new design approach to mass consumption, addressing concerns over the lifespan of our everyday commodities.
Building emotional links between product and user helps to tackle issues of waste, landfill and our diminishing natural resources. With the global population growing and cities becoming even more condensed, we must become more contained and be prepared to use less space for living.
A cultural kaleidoscope of colour, we look to the visual richness of global cityscapes for inspiration. These hues express a rich urban scene typical of any major city, ideal for creating impact and grabbing attention. Bright and saturated shades are mixed with softer pastels of yellow and lilac. An urban concrete grey brings balance to the teal green, a rich maroon red and punchy orange bring warmth, whilst a flat white grounds the overall palette.
This teal green shade channels an instantly positive vibe – its vitality uplifts and refreshes, the blue base helps to clear the mind and aid communication, whilst the green opens us to creative thought and expression. A colour often associated with purity and well-being brings a sense of balance when used in interior spaces.
Designers re-consider manufacturing processes, experimenting with alternative material choices and new applications in response to the increasingly turbulent economy and environment. A new approach is taken to storage, with smart multifunctional solutions, and space-saving pieces in modular forms.
Focus is also placed on what we may leave behind us when viewed from the future. We question, how will our modern fossils appear? Mix and match tiled mosaics and hard surfaces with embedded recycled materials create a blend of synthetic and natural materials, repurposing unwanted materials to create tactile, ethical products.
Curated collections and multiples of everyday objects inspire design, where collaged objects and multiples join as one; buttons, patchworks and bound ribbons are key for surface construction.
Balance April’s colour teal green with grey, white and a flash of orange for a contemporary urban palette. For the full colour story and ideas for its application, see a full presentation of the Crowd trend in Mix Trends’ spring/summer 2013 issue.