12 March 2011

Pantone's 2012 color trends forecast

Based on a Pantone press release

Pantone Unveils 2012 Color Inspiration and Direction for
the Home Furnishings and Interior Design Industries

At the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago this month, Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® VIEW home + interiors 2012, a trend forecast containing the nine most directional color palettes for home furnishings and interior design in 2012. “PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2012 is the road map to color for 2012, which is filled with interesting new directions,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

The color of the year for 2011
“Some paths lead to exhilarating tones that encourage the prospective buyer to forge ahead into adventures with novel color combinations, while others invite them to stop for a moment, take a deep breath, relax and consider the more classic hues in a different kind of mix. The continuing challenge and goal will be in keeping the consumer visually engaged by blending the playful with the practical. To reach that destination, color is the compass.”

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2012 is a forecasting book that provides color and trend direction, enabling designers to select the right shades and combinations for home furnishings or interior spaces. PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2012 contains visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies, individual tear-out palette cards for each of the nine forecasted palettes, swatches of the 73 forecasted colors, and images from the forecast for use in presentations and storyboards. Additionally, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2012 includes the PANTONE FASHION + HOME digital color library which enables direct download of all the PANTONE FASHION + HOME palette colors into design software.

The nine palettes for 2012 are: Nonchalance, Subtleties, Resilience, Indigo Effects, Transcending Time, Back to the Fuchsia, Reflections, Nouveau Neon and The Comics.

The simplicity and casual ambiance in this palette, called Nonchalance, are easy toread and enjoy. The reassuring colors coax a feeling of tranquility and relaxation with no suggestion of anxiety in the surroundings. The comforting pastel pinks, ethereal blues and soft egret white wrap us in carefree baby blanket colors, harmoniously blending with the more mature taupe, gray and grape tones.

Subtleties are just that – a close connectivity between the color families, sliding effortlessly into a seamless collection of hues that are either closely related or quietly complementary. The atmosphere they present is effortless and compatible: hazy coral, soft yellow green, faded rose, stonewashed blue and tinges of gray and green artfully set against a tasteful brown earthy red.

Resilience represents a group of sturdy hues that work very well together. It speaks of hand-hewn objects of substance, sustenance and solidity in a range of natural, outdoor shades. There are nuances of the deepest browns, varietal mushroom tones, foliage green and greenish yellow. A dash of flamingo orange adds an exotic touch to this otherwise organic grouping.

Like the twilight colors of a descending night sky, Indigo Effects evokes a mood of broad expansiveness and depth – enveloping and protective, yet mysterious. The colors are variations on a blue theme – celestial and majestic blues, purpled and deep blue indigos – all deftly brushed with contrasting strokes of maroon, mauve and moody gray.

Transcending Time is a palette that speaks of continuity – inspirations from the past, both style and color-wise, which continue well into the future – containing hues that heirlooms are made of, including elegant wine and plum, warm beige and wood tones, as well as classic rose. A touch of frosted almond adds a soft and subtle glimmer to the atmosphere.

Bold, daring and audacious, this is a group of tantalizing colors that makes no excuses for the attention it creates. Back to the Fuchsia celebrates the energy generated through the provocative melding of dancing reds, purples and pink, all highlighted by a variety of fuchsias. Jewel-toned peridot both accentuates and complements the hotter hues.

Glossy finish and color are a magical coupling, fascinating the eye and riveting attention. Metallic or glassy surfaces undulate and move and twist and turn, taking colors to new dimensions. Included in this arresting palette, called Reflections, are tones and tints that spark the imagination: Turkish sea, blue moon, garnet, beluga, cloud dancer as well as the classic silver and gold.

The colors of the Nouveau Neon palette are not the phosphorescent neons of yesterday. They are instead a collection of exuberant shades that bring a fresh new perspective to combinations. Asian-inspired bamboo yellow-green plays with orange Popsicle® and berry purples, while citrus colors toy with pink and raspberry. A flavorful butter-rum tan is the unexpected accompaniment to all of the vibrant colors in the palette.

Cartoons come to life in this effervescent palette called The Comics. Funny paper hues pop off the page in whimsical ways that bring a smile and create the need to take some time to play. Ominous phantom black provides the backdrop for sulphuric yellow and fiery red. A flash of green provokes a strong blue while an inky cyan plays up to honeysuckle and primrose. It’s quirky joy and spontaneity.

About Pantone
Pantone, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone now offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com.

11 March 2011

Home decor for winter holiday 2011

Hanna's Handiworks introduced Snow Birds at the winter wholesale gift markets. These holiday ornaments sport holiday-appropriate red hats. The company also offers home decor items for autumn, garden and everyday, as well as a line of collegiate gifts.

10 March 2011

4-piece knife set adds color to the kitchen

The DuraCeramica collection of colorful ceramic knives comes in four fresh colors with durable soft grip ergonomic ABS handles.
“Ceramic blades are all the rage in cutlery now for their long lasting sharpness and effortless cutting ability,” says Suso Balanza, vice president of sales for Hampton Forge. The company exhibited at the Housewares Show in Chicago.
The collection consists of a 6-inch chef knife (Raspberry Red comfort handle), a 5-inch Santoku knife (Mint Green), 5-inch serrated-blade utility knife (Lemon Yellow) and a 4-inch paring knife (Citrus Orange). The collection will be available in stores in the third quarter 2011.

09 March 2011

Color-coded knives avoid cross-contamination in the ktichen

Hampton Forge's Skandia knife and cutting board set

Hampton Forge's new Skandia 9-piece multi-use set consists of 5 symbol-coded stainless steel knives and 3 color-coded polypropylene cutting boards. The knives are etched with symbols for proper usage: Chef, Bread, Utility, Paring and Citrus.
The cutting boards are coded in color: red for meats, green for vegetables and blue for cooked foods, breads, etc. Both the knives and cutting boards are stored in a clever metallic accented stand that keeps them organized and convenient.
The company introduced the set at the Housewares show in Chicago this month.

08 March 2011

07 March 2011

Homer Laughlin's new soup tureen

The Homer Laughlin China Co. unveiled the final pieces in the limited edition 75th Anniversary color Marigold collection at the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago. The soup tureen joins the three-piece mixing bowl set (launched in 2008), the 19 ¼-inch oval serving platter (2009) and the two-piece prep baking bowl set (2010).

Available only in Marigold, just 10,000 numbered Soup Tureens will be created. Each will be numbered on the bottom of the bowl. The Soup Tureen will only be available for 75 weeks from April 1, 2011 through September 1, 2012, while quantities last. Presale starts April 1, 2011 and items will begin shipping June 1, 2011.

The four-piece soup tureen has an 11 5/8-inch round platter, a 3-quart bowl (10 ½-inch diameter, 5-inch height), lid, and stainless steel ladle with a ceramic handle. The round platter is embossed with the Fiesta logo and the 75th Anniversary logo.

06 March 2011

Contemporary kitchenware by Simon Stevens

Loveramics will exhibit "A Curious Toile" and "Tripod" at the Housewares Show this week. Simon Stevens will share the design concept of his "Tripod" collection.
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