The winter blues never looked so good. When Pantone unveiled its colour of the year – Classic Blue – at the end of 2019, we breathed a collective sigh of relief: here was a hue we could all agree on. It works in doses small and big, and it seems a number of brands were ready to embrace it from the get-go. Here are 10 products that make the most of Pantone’s Classic Blue.
A classic collection meets a classic hue. Much of Pedrali’s extensive portfolio of workplace seating – including the Folk and Jamaica collections, as well as the popular Buddy pouffes – is now available in Pantone’s 2020 colour. The streamlined Jazz family of chairs looks particularly handsome in blue, with slender frames and understated contours creating an elegantly subdued canvas for colour.
Inspired by the centuries-old formulas of Czech glassmaking tradition, the 31.3 collection by OAO Works also owes its distinct form to mathematician Roger Penrose’s explorations of “five-fold tiling” repetition. It’s a rarified provenance, and a good-looking result. Available in groups of 8, 18, and 41 glass elements, the pieces are designed to be re-arranged in various compositions. In Classic Blue, it allows for any number of moody masterpieces.
Ranging from rich Lapis Lazuli to off-white pastels, subtle variations in tone create a series of luxurious mosaics. Suitable for indoor and outdoor installation in both residential and commercial spaces, New Ravenna’s mosaics are an opulent product of the zeitgeist – but one that feels surprisingly timeless.
At 2019’s Maison&Objet, Antoniulupi unveiled a veritable rainbow, with the free-standing Albume washbasin offered in over a dozen hues. Combining a monolithically solid faucet with a translucent and sculptural basin, Albume creates an appealingly energetic contrast. From a tantalizing plethora of available colours, blue is an obvious standout for 2020.
There’s no mistaking this one on the luggage carousel. From wheels to handle, it’s blue. The unapologetically bold colour lends the Pantone edition of Away’s streamlined suitcases an unmistakable appearance. The bags are available in four sizes, with optional built-in – and TSA-approved – battery power.
Exemplifying Anderssen & Voll’s Norwegian style and Muuto’s Danish manufacturing, the Oslo sofa family encompasses two- and three-seater options as well as a lounge chair and pouffe, all on powder-coated aluminum legs. The series is upholstered in Kvadrat textiles – including this deep azure tone.
Ini Archibong’s voluptuous designs for Sé include the Eos Table, which cantilevers a disc-like top above a ceramic or lacquered base. “I wanted the top and base to interact like concentric ovals, giving a feeling of perpetual motion,” says Archibong.
Already a classic in its own right, Marc Sadler’s Tress for Foscarini comes in classic blue. The ribbon-like fibreglass and resin lamp casts a fascinating array of shapes, lights and shadows on its surroundings.
Pepa Reverter’s Sisters collection consists of five sculptural ceramic vases made and painted by hand. Paying tribute to “women of all cultures and all times,” the collectible pieces are named Louise, Frida, Sofia, Helen and Clara.
The long, linear composition of Pelle’s chandelier makes it especially suitable for a stairwell, atrium, or loft space. Housing the light bulbs, the blown glass globes can be customized with various finishes – including designer Jean Pelle’s hand-painted botanical illustrations of palm leaves in evocative blue.
In furniture, lighting, accessories and finishes, the colour of the year adds a vibrant jolt of energy.