In an age of uncertainty, political instability, environmental concern, increased urbanisation and distrust of the establishment, we are seeking sanctuary and looking to lead meaningful, considered lifestyles built on positive connections. Re-evaluating success and purpose, we are striving towards lifestyles that complement our personal belief systems. The search ranges from escapists, who move off-grid to reconnect with our primal past, to essentialists, who strip back to reassess the true meaning of value, to those who make a stand and lend their voices to global causes and concerns.
Within this second issue of Viewpoint Colour, we explore how this desire to slow down and reflect is influencing the emerging landscape of design and colour. As a futures research studio, our aim has always been to demystify the forecasting process, and to provide contextual grounding for emerging design and colour directions, linking socio-cultural shifts with specific aesthetic cues and resonating mindsets. In Viewpoint Colour we do just that, combining inspiration with context, providing an in-depth analysis of the personality traits of emerging colour stories, and explaining why they are relevant now and how they are currently being applied. We celebrate the poetic qualities of colour, and the inspiring, artistic and aesthetic power of colour in design.
From a tale of two cities to liquid looks in beer and fashion meets furniture meets fine arts – all you need to know in the world of colour at the moment.
It’s perhaps no surprise that our obsession with green shows no sign of withering away (see Viewpoint Colour #1 Neo-Nature). We are looking for inspiration to greenery in all its forms. Spaces where we make room for plants and encourage them to grow freely are havens not only for reflection but for creativity.
COLOUR FORECAST 2018/19
We are finding purity in clean, minimalist sanctuary spaces and fulfilment in primal instinctual processes. We are experiencing a refreshed, unapologetic hedonism in playful release and we are embracing the optimistic promise of the future in unknown new frontiers.