Behind the Scenes: Plascon Colour Forecast 2016

Sep 22, 2015

When Anne Roselt (Plascon’s Colour Manager) and Hannah Malein (of Global Colour Research in London) get together with their teams and plan the Plascon Colour Forecast, they spend a considerable amount of time looking at what will be driving design and emerging trends. Here’s a look at their ideas as to what’s happening in the world right now:

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Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

FROM THE EARTH

What we’re seeing at the moment is a lot of designers making use of raw, “extracted” materials that revive ancient practices, or the reverse – that seek to revolutionise through new alternatives. The finished product is generally highly textured, with surfaces that offer unrefined beauty and rich pigments.

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Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

FROM OUTER SPACE

This is of a similar vein to the “from the earth” trend, but sees designers and creatives being inspired by our continual explorations into space, our galaxy, and beyond. Because of the media coverage thereof, these explorations are never far from our minds.

The products blend highly scientific and industrial processes – with discoveries that yield innovative materials and other-worldly colour combinations.

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Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

SHIFTING COLOUR

Maybe because of our prevailing fascination with outer space, there seems to be a common interest in colour shifts… Ombré is a colour trend that ain’t going nowhere, and these tonal blends and colour applications are on everything from walls, to furniture, to fashion.

Perhaps it echoes that weightlessness and airiness that astronauts experience?

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Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

WIRE FRAME

Then there’s the low-tech, free-style/free-hand drawn design approaches for 3D forms. It is minimalist, simple and suggests form rather than functionality; it strips back the unnecessary to just clean lines.

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Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

CLASSIC REVIVAL

While all of the above trends seem to reference the new and the unfamiliar, there are still some who seek the security and reassurance of classic design in their surroundings. However, these revivals are given contemporary updates – reworking motifs and compositions that give nostalgic comfort…

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Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

BUILDING BLOCKS

And finally, in a bid to stimulate and engage our imagination, we are seeing more and more products being designed with interactive elements that bring physical experience and personal touches to design; it’s a culmination of imagination, play, art and interior design!

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Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Tomorrow we’ll be bringing you some of Hannah’s insights into the our Colour of the Year (Atlantic Beach) and into the Plascon Colour Forecast Palette in general – don’t miss it!