In the wake of the Bauhaus centenary celebrations, reduction to the bare essentials now also appears to be one of today’s key trends for interiors and architecture. Even where colour is used successfully, it’s not unusual for a kind of “justification” to be required. At the same time, shades with a story to tell from Le Corbusier’s sphere or the Bauhaus era are more popular than ever. The 63 architectural colours from Le Corbusier represent a tried-and-trusted palette with a future – not only available as wall colours but also in applications such as furniture, wallpaper, tiles, window and façade systems... Colour’s use in furniture and interiors is much more than mere decoration and a one-dimensional coat of paint! Colour as a design medium is wonderfully multi-layered, sometimes opaque, sometimes transparent or even with a dichroic effect.
Colour trends in interior design can be influenced by technological developments, such as those in the field of PVD coating, or by new ways of using ceramics. They can be triggered by high-end accessories, fashionable lifestyle trends or social media, by clever architects, designers, marketeers or popstars. Rihanna has successfully popularised subtle shades; and it’s surely only a matter of time before German rapper Shirin David gets the chance to develop a wallpaper collection that’s not just for her 5 million plus followers.
At the same time, warm shades of rattan or wickerwork proved their popularity decades ago and are now suddenly reappearing in wallpaper. They can work wonderfully as a counterbalance to the current peacock colours from the cool end of the colour spectrum and cleverly combine tradition and trends. Some companies talk about the “colour of the year”, others define as many as four or five successful colour combinations as an aid to overwhelmed end consumers. This lecture shines a light on a whole host of current strategies and offers inspiration in terms of new ideas for colour in the interiors of the future.