Sep 16 2020

Strong colours: Furniture as striking accents

Furnishing elements and furniture in strong colours set special accents in the room. As favourite pieces they attract attention. After muted and broken shades, striking colours are now increasingly visible again. Objects in strong unit colours can be used to contrast with objects in other colours.

Achillea from Little Greene 

For its current wallpaper collection, Little Greene is cooperating with the British heritage and conservation organisation National Trust. As in the case of a jointly developed colour collection, the models, in this case original samples from the 18th to 20th century, come from listed buildings in Great Britain, which the National Trust maintains and operates. These are digitally processed into contemporary elements of modern interior design.  

Yarrow stems and flowers are found on the fragment of a narrow Art Nouveau border, which is kept in Felbrigg Hall, a country house in Norfolk. Digitally reworked, they are now printed on a background of five different modern colours, part of the wallpaper collection "National Trust Papers", particularly attractive in an expressive dark green called "Achillea Aurora".

Achillea Aurora by Little Greene © Little Greene

Charpai by Schönbuch (Design: Hanne Willmann) 

The Charpai daybed is multifunctional and clearly designed. Designer Hanne Willmann was inspired for her design by the traditional Indian bed, which is slightly raised from the floor and serves as a lounger for relaxation and short powernapping.

Charpai is made of solid oak wood and is available in natural oiled or open-pore lacquer. A wide range of matt lacquer colours combined with flat cushions covered with Kvadrat fabrics allows many individual design options. The minimalist lines of Charpai, for example, come into their own in night blue with textiles in blue and turquoise.

Charpai Daybed von Schönbuch © Schönbuch

Dress-Up! Sofa by Cassina (Design: Rodolfo Dordoni) 

What does furniture design have to do with fashion? The point of contact is the craft. In the case of the sofa Dress-Up!, it is elegant details, particularly carefully executed seams around the arm and backrests, which are reminiscent of the craftsmanship of skilled tailors. Fine darts line a zip fastener that reaches to the base, just like a dress. Another eye-catching feature are band appliqués on the upholstered cushions in black, white, grey or caffeelatte.

Dress-Up! has a large selection of elements that can be combined in many different ways. Its slightly angled back and armrests make the geometrically shaped seating furniture cosy. It looks particularly refined in a velvety bordeaux red. 

Sediment by Favius (Design: Studio Besau-Marguerre) 

The Sediment side table plays with special material properties of worked marble. With its contrasting surface structure, the table top is reminiscent of natural stone layers. Rough and polished stripes alternate and interpret the haptic and colour of the material in different ways.

The straight-line table frame made of solid, lacquered oak serves as a harmonious basis. Sediment is available as a couch or side table in the unusual marble varieties Giallo Reale and Verde Guatemala, a bright yellow and a radiant green.

Sediment tables in marble by Favius © Favius

Parkland of Kvadrat (Design: Alfredo Häberli) 

Parkland is an upholstery fabric with a fine check texture. It combines functionality with a deliberately simple look. The collection is based on a simple weave with a flat and even surface. The textile develops its nuanced appearance from the contrasting nature of two yarns: a plain weft thread is combined with a mélange yarn as warp thread. The colour palette is wide. It contains muted grey tones as well as strong and natural shades.

Colour range of the Parkland fabric series © Kvadrat

Jill from Leolux (Design: Edward van Vliet) 

Chaise longue and armchair Jill are inspired by the ambience of exclusive luxury hotels of the 19th century. Thus the designer combines modern forms and materials with a touch of nostalgia. Characteristic is the embracing, upwardly tapering upholstered back of both pieces of furniture.

The metal frame has a surface called smoke chrome. Decorative stitching and a cushion with a single button as an accent are further refined details of the upholstered furniture. The cover is available in various plain colours, including an elegant turquoise.

Jill chaise longue from Leolux © Leolux

Speed up by Roche Bobois (Design: Sacha Lakic) 

Dynamic three-dimensional shapes and colours are the ingredients of the Speed Up series by designer Sacha Lakic. The fronts of the storage furniture, from the sideboard to the column cabinet, are adorned by a large flowing décor.

The amorphous thermoplastic material Daquacryl enables the presentation of decorative fronts. Their effect, sometimes shown as wave form or whirling movement, is underlined by the colour effect of the high-gloss plastic. In a warm yellow and many other shades.

Speed up sideboard from Roche Bobois © Roche Bobois

Love by Vondom (Design: Eugeni Quitllet) 

For the future, designer Eugeni Quitllet wishes for a world without gravity. Already today he combines digital precision of his designs with flowing curves. The Love Collection so far consists of chairs. Injection moulding makes it possible to create simple, curved silhouettes with soft transitions.

Love Chairs are made of polypropylene reinforced with glass fibre. This makes them suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Recesses are integrated into the seat, which serve as grip recesses and allow stacking. Versions made of recycled plastic from the Mediterranean Sea have muted colours. The version in red is impressive.  

Colours emphasise comfort and elegance or underline the uniqueness of a piece of furniture. However, an accumulation of strongly coloured objects, which were still new and stimulating in the 1980s, is rarely seen today.

Chair from the Love Collection by Vondom © Vondom

Author: Heike Edelmann

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