idid / March 23, 2017
At the launch of ColourNext 2017, held at the Trends Pavilion at India Design ID, New Delhi, they mapped a beautiful new shade, Intense Ocean as the Colour of the Year 2017 along with four supporting trends – Local Pride, Bot Is Human, Elixir and Slow Living. These palettes were given tangible representation through spatial settings in the exhibits at the fair. Here’s everything you need to know about the trends.
We often underestimate the significance of resources that nature has selflessly provided us with. Water has been considered to be the elixir of life since ages bygone and yet, exploited for years leading to its scarcity. Water assumes dual roles – it can be nourishing as well as destructive, vast yet disappearing. Elixir plays on this contrast by reflecting lead tones of Teal Magic, Botanica, Vintage Rose and Igneous Rock along with media like Oak wood, titanium and velvet.
2. Slow Living
With the constant struggle to survive in this competitive world, we hardly have time to relax. Taking a vacation from it may not be a practical solution but it is imperative that we slow down. We need to cherish life’s small joys, become more conscious of our inner selves, experience every moment to its very core. Holding that thought, the Slow Living palette radiates a warm, lived-in vibe with lead shades of Lilac Dash, Dusty Trail and Grazing Land combined with materials like Burma teak, ceramic and leather.
3. Local Pride
The world that we are living in today is a homogenised one. Assimilation of different cultures has resulted in cities becoming more cosmopolitan. Ironically, this has made people cognizant of their innate individuality and thus more appreciative of their traditional roots. While we love indulging in fancy continental dishes, it is not as comforting as a warm, home cooked meal. The Local Pride palette reinterprets the idea of being Indian or global but bringing forth an expression of the self and a sense of belonging. The lead shades are Abyss, Copper and Balsam Brown paired with materials like coconut wood, bamboo and cala cotton.