Pantone, the global colour authority, have just announced their 'Colour of the Year' for 2018: Ultra Violet 18-3838. Symbolic of the prevalent global culture, the colour of the year is an expression of the collective mood and attitude.
We are living in times that require inventiveness and imagination and, according to the Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, ultra violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.
The colour is certainly provocative, and dominant. In an interior, it can easily overpower other elements and as such ultra violet requires careful coordination. It is perhaps best used as an accent colour, introduced through decorative elements such as artworks, so as not to overwhelm.
We took inspiration from nature, pairing the an ultra-violet hue with complementary deep oranges and citrus greens when creating new colourways for our popular 'Lhotse' design.
Fittingly, lhotse is a design from our Aura collection, which features organic forms in meditative arrangement. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world, and the use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.
As Pantone state, as a color that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or contemporary boldness.
We are delighted to announce our new showroom partner Innerspace, located at 509 Murray Street in the heart of Perth.
The team are passionate about quality and good design and their range caters to every furnishing need for residential, commercial and hospitality interiors and exteriors.
Innerspace represents leading international furniture brands, from Flexform and Thonet to Herman Miller, whilst maintaining an equal dedication to bespoke Australian design.
The showroom will display examples of our artworks on perspex and canvas, including 3D framed fine art prints, and installation is timed to coincide with Contemporary Wine In Design to be held on Saturday October 15th, 2016.
According to the organisers, the event will bring to Perth a range of topical industry talks, international designers, installations and a complete immersion in the design lifestyle of Perth - all complimented by some of the regions' finest wines.
Innerspace will be hosting workshops, product launches, and events throughout the day with their wine partner, Flying Fish Cove.
Signarture Creative Director, Sarah Leslie, will be there during the day, so whether you're a design industry professional or an art and design savvy member of public who has always wanted to be able to see our artworks up close / in person, we look forward to meeting you in Perth!
Galerie du Passage Pierre Passebon showing inspirational combinations of furniture and art from different eras. Photo courtesy PAD London.
We always look forward to PAD, London’s leading fair for 20th Century art, design and decorative arts. This high end show epitomises how modern art, photography, design and decorative arts can be used in combination to create highly personalised and uniquely stunning interiors.
If you're planning on visiting the show which, runs from 14th - 18th October 2015, you might like some pointers on the distinctions between 'Modern' and 'Contemporary' as applied to art and design.
The Modern Art movement is typically quoted as 1860-1950 with the first examples of abstraction. It was the beginning of a backlash to traditional 'academic art' of the Renaissance, and spans a wide variety of artistic styles all of which emphasize the value of being original and doing something innovative. Modern art is all about personal expression.
In the Postmodern era that followed, artworks that had been created using technologies such as silk screening began to appear, deconstructing the idea that artworks had to be originals or indeed that individual artistic genius was required, Art became more about conception than production.
In design, the Modernist movement is mostly quoted as post World War I, from about 1918-1950 and it celebrated the advances in technology that accompanied the industrial revolution. Again there were a number of schools of thought, but the common principle was that they eschewed decorative excess. Modern design was exclusively about form and function.
The term 'Contemporary' is not attached to a historical period but instead simply describes art and design “of our moment". At this point in time, artworks dating back to about 1970 are considered contemporary.
Contemporary interior design can therefore incorporate an eclectic mix of both modern and contemporary furniture and art. And, even though our perspex artworks are often referred to as 'very modern', and indeed the material was popularized during the Modernist movement of design, they are strictly contemporary.
Enjoy the show!