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Pantone Colour of the Year 2017

The start of a new year means a new direction in colour, and the global organisation that sets the colour tone each year has released its 2017 shade.

The 2017 PANTONE Colour of the Year is Greenery: a refreshing and revitalising shade that is symbolic of new beginnings. After last year’s muted, pastel shades, it’s a nice change to see a vivid, bold and lively colour make an entrance.

In Pantone’s own words,

“it’s a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

“The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.”

Greenery can be paired with neutrals, brights, gem tones, pastels, metallics and even the PANTONE Colour of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity.

So take a look at this gorgeous, fresh shade below, and see our four favourite pieces that will bring this colour into your home in style…

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Above: Anda lounge chair by Ligne Roset. Price upon request.

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Above: Pickard Colour Sheen dinner plate by Williams-Sonoma. $67–$82. 

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Above: 3D knitted cradle chair by Layer for Moroso

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Above: Gem Uranian glassware by Martin Jakobsen. € 77.50.

All other images from our Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 Pinterest board.

Celebrity Insider: Naomi Watts’ New York family apartment

From the big screen to magazine spreads, Naomi Watts exudes style, and now we know her home does too. Watts’ New York apartment is intimate, eclectic and a perfect balance between boldness and grace.

Watts shares the apartment with husband and fellow actor Liev Schreiber and their two sons. It’s no surprise therefore that the space has a homely and warm feel to it, with its bleached-walnut banquette in the kitchen, which the family huddle around for meals.

In the playroom, a Living Divani sectional sofa sits atop a custom-made John Robshaw rug, while hanging above are Flos pendants. And of course there’s the kids’ room with upholstered bedheads and photographs taken by Watts’ brother hanging above the twin beds.

Yet, there are distinct grown up spaces too. The Master bedroom features opulent wallpaper by Clarence House, Ralph Lauren Home bedside tables and a vintage Italian bench, while the living room is finished with a 19th-century Gabon mask, velvet covered sofas and a custom, hand-crafted Robert Pluhowski cocktail table.

Tucked further into the home is the most impressive use of space of all: the green-lacquer bar styled with its own artwork. It’s a tiny space that delivers plenty of impact and function.

Step inside Naomi Watts’ stylish, family-friendly New York apartment…
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Images from here.

Our four 2017 design predictions

A new year means plenty of opportunity to shake things up a little in your home. If you’re looking to tweak, refresh or renovate your space, here are some tips to help you introduce the incoming design trends. ‘Character’, ‘warmth’ and ‘organic’ are three words that really sum up the looks we’ll see in interiors this year. Let us explain…

1. Warm timber

While blonde timber has been all the go in recent times, warmer tones are now taking over. Similarly, there are moves towards darker and richer tones of marble, instead of the whites and soft greys we’ve been used to. So expect to see darker, more organic looking bathrooms and kitchens in the year ahead.

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2. Terracotta

It may seem surprising, but the colour of the 80s is on the return. Terracotta tiles will be replacing cool, white variations. Rather than a glossy finish, matte will be the feature. Try this look in bathrooms, kitchens and hallways for a unique and warm statement.

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3. Upholstery

Say ‘goodbye’ to the Scandinavian, minimal, timber aesthetic for bed frames and chairs and ‘hello’ to opulent, upholstered furnishings. Whether it’s classic linen trimmed with studs or buttons, luxe velvet or detailed jacquard, upholstery is making a come back in a big way.

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4. Relaxed floor plans

Finally, for 2017, think free-flowing floor plans over structure and formality. With more of our lives being digitalised and segmented, interior design is moving to a more organic approach than we’ve seen in recent years.

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All of the images above are from our Pinterest page. Take a look!

Inside Etsy’s pioneering new HQ

Dumbo is fast becoming the trendiest, up-and-coming suburb in New York. It recently welcomed Etsy’s new HQ – a 200,000-square-foot hub that took 2 years to complete and is double the size of the company’s previous complex.

Etsy launched in 2005 as an online marketplace for crafters, makers and ‘DIY-ers’. At its core are the values of community, craft and sustainability, and the development of its new headquarters kept these front and centre.

Global architecture firm Gensler was brought on board to design the new office so that it met the Living Building Challenge (LBC) – a green building certification program, that specifies buildings should:

  • Connect occupants to light, air, food, nature, and community.
  • Be self-sufficient and remain within the resource limits of their site.
  • Create a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.

Etsy is committed to being 100% powered by renewable energy by 2020, which means that solar panels cover 20% of its roof, there is a rainwater irrigation system and occupancy sensors control how much lighting is needed. Plus, no object in the building can contain toxic materials or chemicals; materials must be responsibly sourced and have minimal carbon footprints and the building and everything inside should be sustainable, from the furniture to the internet cables.

Erected in the iconic Watchtower complex, the space has hundreds of furniture pieces and installations that were either created by local artisans or salvaged and reclaimed.

As Etsy described on its blog:

“Whether we’re typing on desks made by Craig Montoro and Bryan Mesenbourg of First Third, sitting at tables made by Jason Hernandez of HENDO or working underneath the light fixtures crafted by Ashira Israel of In.Sek Design, every day we’re fortunate enough to physically engage with our community through their work.”

There are workstations for the 600 employees, but the communal spaces are the ones that really stand out. The Lab is like a workshop with its screen-printing studio, letterpress machine, craft supplies, digital design studio and a 3-D printer. For employees looking for some R&R, the wellness studio offers yoga and beanbags for naps, while the roof deck and terraces provide space to soak up fresh air.

Step inside…
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Images from here.