2016 Design Trends: Rich Jewel Tones

2016 Design Trends: Rich Jewel Tones

The second instalment of our annual trends feature – which shines a light on the materials, objects and buildings that are basking in the most impactful colours of the coming year – is on rich jewel tones.  

In Milan this spring, there was a notable shift toward more brilliant tones. Not the mint greens and dusty roses of the past couple of years, but rich, almost regal, shades of burgundy, golden ochre and forest green. Here are some of the captivating collections that brought jewel tones back to the fore.


Zanotta has reissued Joy, a modular unit of five or seven shelves with articulated joints, originally designed in 1989 by Achille Castiglioni. 


Dirt Pattern Material is 100 per cent cotton pre‑stained with grass, wine, bike oil and blood to camouflage any additional stains the wearer might make. A project by Mair/Wennel.  ­


Ideal for cocooning, Living Divani‘s Lipp seat by Piero Lissoni is defined by its tufted diamond pattern. 


Big Island, by Anderssen & Voll, is the Norwegian studio’s first product with Artifort.  ­


These w151 spun aluminum lights, by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Wästberg, come in deep hues of orange and red.


Luca Nichetto’s Cloud One Seater, for &Tradition is shown here in volcano red upholstery by Kvadrat.


Réaction Poétique, by Jaime Hayon for Cassina, is a playful collection of accessories in black-stained ash wood.  ­


Sebastian Herkner’s Pipe chair, for Moroso, uses a fat steel pipe for its construction.


Stefan Borselius’s Poppe upholstered chair, for Bla Station stands nearly four times as tall as it is wide.

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