Out on the edge of color, mysterious surprises provoke sensory exploration. To the farthest reaches of sky and sea, infusing extremes in color and material. Inspired by embracing visionary experimentation. Innovations in architecture and design embrace a minimalist or dreamlike and surreal aesthetic.
Color is a postmodern blend of aquatic, icy, pearlescent, and techno tones that redefines the impossible. Mysterious and entrancing, beyond normal understanding. A dream of a future, inspired by embracing the innovative and visionary ideas. With influences of deep sea and outer space explorations, the Extreme Odyssey color palette highlights a techno-fiber softness with iridescent flashes layered over neutrals and pastels. Creating a transparent and delicate filmy quality, these hues morph between digital and organic, contrasting the light and dark hues. The aquatic tones add depth to the opalescent palette, allowing textural effects to take the lead.
Extreme Odyssey Museum Focus: V&A Dundee
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the V&A Dundee contains Scotland’s first design museum and seeks to investigate the international importance of design, while presenting the country’s outstanding achievements in the field. The building’s geometric design is inspired by Scotland’s dramatic cliffs, bringing together nature and architecture.
Extreme Odyssey Home Focus: Twisting Courtyard
Completed by ARCHSTUDIO, "Twisting Courtyard" is a renovated residence in Paizihutong, Beijing. The property was once a Siheyuan (courtyard house) with a single entry. It has been turned into an attractive, urban public space within Beijing’s inner city
Extreme Odyssey: A Spirited Journey through 2019 color + design
Extreme Odyssey is inspired by embracing visionary experimentation with influences of exploration to the furthest reaches of sea and sky. Innovations in architecture and design embrace a minimalist or dreamlike and surreal aesthetic. The color palette emphasizes the blending of complex textures with shades of deep-sea hues and space-age dark matter; parallel paths of nature and technology weave the palette — orphic, mysterious and entrancing, and beyond normal understanding.
Extreme Odyssey Museum Focus: Zeitz MOCAA
Thomas Heatherwick has created South Africa’s biggest art museum — by hollowing out the inside of a historic grain silo building. Described by the British designer as “the world’s tubiest building," the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, is set to become the world’s most important exhibition space for African art.
Extreme Odyssey Hotel Focus: Deplar Farm Resort
Deplar Farm Resort, developed by Eleven Experience, is a former sheep farm tucked into the mountainous landscape of Iceland’s Troll Peninsula. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this off-grid lodge really couldn’t be more remote – and it celebrates the true unspoiled beauty of the area.
Extreme Odyssey Hotel Focus: Hotel Liberty
After an extensive three-year renovation project a 19th-century former prison has been turned into Hotel Liberty– a contemporary retreat in the German city of Offenburg. Originally conceived by the German architect Heinrich Hübsch in 1840 and completed in 1845, the structure served as a jail for the city until 2009.
Extreme Odyssey Hotel Focus: Vue Hotel
Undertaken as a major adaptive-reuse exercise, Ministry of Design’s VUE Hotel in Houhai Beijing comprises a series of artistically transformed quasi-historic buildings from the 1950’s. This intriguing hotel compound includes a series of landscaped gardens, a bakery café fronting the bustle of the Hutong streets, a signature restaurant in a warehouse, a rooftop bar overlooking the lake, a gym and over 80 rooms and suites, several with private gardens or with views overlooking the park or lake.
Extreme Odyssey Hotel Focus: Ion City Hotel
The Ion City Hotel combines modern design with Nordic charm for an accommodation that design lovers and jet-setters would both appreciate. Designed by architecture studio MINARC, the property features 18 rooms and suites, with interiors that make subtle references to Icelandic design. The color palette of grays, whites and blacks mimics the surrounding glaciers and lava fields of Iceland.
A Look Forward to Color and Design Trends 2019: Experimental Dreams
What makes architecture “experimental?” This notion is explored in our next Color and Design Trend, "Experimental Dreams." Designs in this realm attempt to address the influences of technology, context and vernaculars on architecture.
2018 Commercial Design Trends
Commercial design trends continue to evolve in a wide range of directions, and 2018 is no different. From the adaptability of modular, to fashion-forward use of screens, to the continued fascination and extension of minimalism, next year’s design trends for commercial spaces bring a renewed sense of inspiration.
Color, like music, lights up the world and gets us all to play a little more. A joyful spirit that invades hyper-urban realm of large global cities. Modern with a twist, exotic, a touch of humor, artsy –– all developed to make cities more pleasant and friendly. Fantasy with happy expressions in brightly colored and modern aesthetic add to atmospheres and products that focus on entertainment to make daily life fun and light-hearted.
Saturated fruity hues blend natural energy with modern techno influences. City Stroll tantalizes with vivid overtones, lively and charged with energy. Intense patterns play with notes of vibrant tropical spirit, dulcet tones, ebullient and halcyon hues, along with a pastiche blend of ornamentation. Dazzling, hyper-saturated brights are paired with bright white, hologram metallics are softened with pastels, sporty graphic colors bring power and radiant monochromes shine. A medley of floral tones are toned down by dark chocolate, deepest violet and synthetic blue.
Marciano Art Foundation
The dynamic, fast-growing art scene in Los Angeles just got another major addition to its already vibrant institutional lineup — the much anticipated Marciano Art Foundation. The brainchild of Guess Inc. co-founders Paul and Maurice Marciano, the new space officially opened to the public on May 25 and is housed in a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Blvd. Originally designed by Millard Sheets in 1961, the building was re-purposed and renovated by starchitect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture and Design.
City Stroll Hotel Focus: Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
What better way to complement Hawaii’s stunning landscape than with equally beautiful interiors? Waikiki’s new Shoreline Hotel, designed by BHDM, does just that. Located a stone’s throw from Honolulu’s famous beach, the hotel’s neon, bold shades echo the island’s tropical flora and fauna and has been dubbed "the most instagrammable hotel in Hawaii."
City Stroll Hotel Focus: CitizenM Gare de Lyon
Just a short walk from the historic Marais District and a stroll from the River Seine, citizenM's third Paris location is perfectly placed for travelers in search of culture, commerce or community. Designed by Dutch studio concrete, the hotel features 338 rooms organized within a former office tower block and is located a block from one of Paris’s major transportation hubs, Gare de Lyon train station. The hotel is tailor-made to fit inside the existing building, while art pieces, installations and bespoke design objects abound within the contemporary and charming environment.
From Scientist to Artist: The Murals of Cloe Hakakian
Los Angeles-based artist Hakakian is now known for her colorful street murals but she wasn’t always a professional artist known for her works at the PaliHotel on Melrose and at Art Basel in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, among others. Hakakian graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and worked for ten years at Cedars Sinai before leaving her job to pursue a career in art.
"City Stroll", our second story that was unveiled, speaks to our playful side — with bright colors that are modern and artsy, as well as friendly designs with a touch of humor. This joyful expression allows us to make daily life fun and light-hearted. Color, like music, lights up the world and gets us all to play a little more with a joyful spirit that invades the hyper-urban realm of large global cities. Modern with a twist, exotic, a touch of humor and artsy –– all developed to make cities more pleasant and friendly.
The New York City Smithsonian’s design museum is currently showing "Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color," a comprehensive exhibit about the continuing history of color perception. Assembling 190 artifacts, the exhibit traces a path between antiquity and the modern era through an exploration of how thinkers have ordered, manipulated and interpreted color. Drawn from the Smithsonian Libraries’ and Cooper Hewitt’s vast collections, the show takes visitors through "seven phases of color"— a reference to the seven hues Aristotle cited in his color spectrum in the fourth century B.C.— in sections like "Creating Color" and "Color and Form."
Case Study: Clock, Waestman, Clock Law Office building
On Oct. 13, attendees will have a chance to tour the Clock, Waestman, Clock Law Offices, designed by renowned architect Edward Killingsworth with his firm Killingsworth, Brady, Smith (1957). The building designed for a law firm, is now owned by Oren and Lauren Tanzer. Located in Long Beach, Calif., is one of six stops on the upcoming University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach Modern Architecture Tour California State University, Long Beach Modern Architecture Tour.
Hotel in Focus: Velona's Jungle Luxury Suites
Florence’s impressive Velona’s Jungle Luxury Suites stands out for its exquisite interior design. Located on the third floor of an elegant mid-century palazzo in central Florence, this boutique hotel boasts exotic jungle-inspired décor.
Hotel in Focus: Resotel — Racing Dreams
Time to schedule your next trip to Spain! Located in Villares de la Reina, next to the A-62 motorway (which connects France to Portugal), stands the Resotel — Racing Dreams; a technicolor, motorsports-themed, 11-room boutique hotel over a gas station.
California Wildflowers Inspire The Saguaro Facelift
During the past few months, a colorful renewal has taken place in Palm Springs. In partnership with Dunn-Edwards, The Saguaro Hotel set out to repaint its exterior color palette, highlighting the fourteen hues inspired by local desert wildflowers and plants envisioned by the architects.
Hotel in Focus: Faena Miami Beach
Looking for a winter getaway? The Faena Hotel Miami Beach, dreamed up by Argentinian developer Alan Faena and designed with the assistance of Oscar-nominated director Baz Luhrmann, ushers in a new era of luxury for visitors to Miami Beach.
Casa Estrella: Palm Springs Moroccan Style by Thomboy Properties
Casa Estrella, the latest property to be revitalized by Thomboy Properties, provides a glimpse into the design highlights to come for the 2018 Spring Modernism Show. The stunning residence, designed in 1975 by architect Hall Lacy, boasts an extraordinary 5,000 square feet located on a corner lot in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs.
Will Gen Z Yellow Oust Millennial Pink?
We all know and have grown to love the trend that is Millennial Pink. But it may be time for the soft rose hue to move over and make room for a new trend. That’s right, make way for Gen Z Yellow. You know, that yellow you’re seeing everywhere from the Color Factory, and the Museum of Ice Cream; to Beyonce’s music video for "Hold Up," to Snapchat and the Happy Place (the newest immersive, pop-up color experience to hit Los Angeles). Gen Z Yellow is a hard-to-miss fun, energetic, bright yellow.
Learning in Color Fall 2017: Vibrant Schools Around the World
Colors play a vital role in our daily lives and it has been proven that our activities and responses are influenced by them. For children in learning environments, studies have shown that classrooms and school buildings painted with vibrant color resulted in students with reduced blood pressure, less off-task behavior, aggressiveness, disruptiveness and improved academic performance, making it an important and much-overlooked consideration in school design. A simple paint job can positively affect students’ abilities to stay on task, perceptions of learning and emotional well-being
2018 Modernism Week Palm Springs Door Tour
Dunn-Edwards Paints celebrated style and color by once again partnering with Palm Springs Style to present the 2018 Palm Springs Door Tour during last month's Spring Modernism Week. Highlighting 14 colorful and unique doors of the Indian Canyons and Kings Point neighborhoods, a vibrant display of hues created an eventful experience for those seeking to explore the area.
Shadow and light dance in a marriage of masculine and feminine, luxury and lines. Status-oriented classics are innovative and glamorous. An atmosphere of softness and sophistication to contemporary design, with highlights of neo-classical design elements. The aesthetic is minimalist, soft and subtle with chic and refined natural basics within tender, cozy atmospheres.
Delicate neutrals and dusty pastels evoke subtle opulence, soothe and reassure. Poetic Passage captures nostalgic ideals. This introspective, opulent and becoming color palette is understated and demure with tones of romance and formality. Bleached, fresh neutrals and warm naturals are lit by cool icy tones, casual blues, and tender pinks that are paired with graphic colors. Sophisticated nude palettes infuse a tender, natural warm range of hues that are transparent and delicate.
Poetic Passage Restaurant Focus: Radioeat
Like an eagle’s nest with an enveloping wooden structure, Radioeat is the perfect addition to the futuristic Parisian concert hall and recording studio — Maison de la Radio. Designed by Stéphane Maupin and Éric Walper, the restaurant sweeps along the curve of the first floor window. Overlooking the Seine with a full frontal of the Eiffel Tower, there are few places as picturesque for a dinner.
Poetic Passage Hotel Focus: The Dewberry
The Dewberry is an iconic 5-star hotel housed in a former Federal Office Building in downtown Charleston, SC. Designed by Workstead, the 155-room hotel features a restaurant, two bars, a public living room, ballroom, spa and historic lobby. The building exterior remains largely unaltered, save for a ballroom appended to its back and a glass box erected on the roof. However, the interiors have been completely transformed, boasting Vermont Danby marble floors and cherry-paneled walls with unlaquered brass trim.
Poetic Passage Retail Focus: Aesop Duke of York Square
Situated in Chelsea, London, the Aesop Duke of York Square’s design channels Oscar Niemeyer with an influence of futuristic elements. The result is an interior characterized by classic archetypes, a rose color palette and stainless-steel elements.
Bonjour Fête: Pet Shop Turned Pin-worthy Party Store
Color is so important when it comes to brand recognition. That’s exactly why the founder of Bonjour Fête, a store that sells curated party supplies, worked with Dunn-Edwards Paints to find the ideal color to use at the new location, one which truly represents their brand.
Poetic Passage: A “Spirited Journey” Through 2019 color + design
“Poetic Passage,” our third trends story speaks to the soft and subtle side of life that incorporates nature in a chic, minimalist atmosphere. Shadow and light dance in a marriage of masculine and feminine, luxury and lines. The aesthetic is minimalist, soft and subtle with chic and refined natural basics within tender, cozy atmospheres.
Hotel Focus: Manko Paris
Manko Paris, a restaurant by renowned interior designer Laura Gonzalez, is slick, colorful and warm with brass touches, dashes of sea blues, and banquettes and armchairs upholstered in bright, Inca-style fabrics. Named in honor of the legendary Inca Manco Capac, son of the sun god and founder of the Inca people, the restaurant has a strong visual identity.
Hotel Focus: Casa Fayette
Set in Guadalajara’s trending Lafayette district, Casa Fayette is a 37-room, Art Deco showcase that masterfully blends early 20th-century architecture with the polished grandeur of a heavenly tower. Hoteliers Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, the creative minds behind Grupo HABITA, joined forces with local architectural firm Estudio5 to transform the 1940s mansion into Guadalajara’s first design-led hotel. The design is a minimalist style that pays homage to Guadalajara-born architect Luis Barragán, with colored-glass panels combined with gilded touches and plush velvet furnishings.
An Observation of the Millennial Pink Trend
Pink, in all it glorious ranges, continues its dominance in color trends. Within the range of popular pinks is a hue that many have started calling “Millennial Pink,” a gender-neutral range of shades — from beige with blush touches, to a hybrid peachy-salmon color.
Immersed in casually colorful opulence, we learn to embrace the beauty of creativity and personal expression. Crafted and textured — authenticity is rewarded. Inspired by flowers and bouquets from southern gardens to outgrowths of architectural redesigns ranging from modest to majestic aesthetics. Strong displays of motifs add drama while washed out textures blend color identities. There is a sophisticated Bohemian mood associated with idyllic countryside life infusing a chic, subtle decorator style.
Classic and elegant tones of rich hues are layered with graceful overtones. Country Caper color renews the essentials of food and furnishings. Refined and enduring. These updated opulent classics take on a cheerful and fancy display of intense, deep shades, grounded with dark brown. Add fresh, moisture-drenched, succulent hues. This series of greens — soft, grayed, dark or chemical chlorophyll — add perkiness to the palette. Layer with juicy red and chalky neutrals, plus a range of other lush hues to create lush gourmand nuances in a refined artistic mood.
Country Caper: A “Spirited Journey” through 2019 Color+Design
“Country Caper,” our fourth trend story, highlights the Bohemian mood associated with idyllic countryside living in chic, subtle decorator styles. Immersed in casually colorful opulence, we learn to embrace the beauty of imperfection. Creativity and personal expression abound. Crafted and textured, authenticity is rewarded.
Looking Forward to 2019: Charms of Country Life
Classic country characteristics work beautifully in contemporary settings and are used by some of the finest interior designers to create eclectic spaces. This notion is explored in our next color and design trend, "Charms of Country Life." Timeless with a contemporary twist, this look draws on elements — such as stressed timbers, green and pastel hues, and floral patterns and themes — all offset against a modern backdrop.
Hotel Focus: Eden Locke
Pastel-colored walls, wicker furniture and an abundance of plantings are featured inside Eden Locke, a new 72-room boutique hotel located in Edinburgh. Designed by New York studio Grzywinski + Pons, the hotel interior was intended to contrast its 18th-century stone exterior with a tropical material palette.
A Los Feliz Gem: Inside Interior Designer Mariah O’Brien’s Spanish Revival
Tucked away in Los Feliz, a hip, neighborhood enclave in Los Angeles, sits an historic Spanish Revival owned by interior designer Mariah O’Brien. Growing up in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles gave O’Brien the sense of history and quality about the neighborhood so, when the opportunity to own a home in nearby in Los Feliz came about, it was the perfect time to put her design skills to use.
Restaurant Focus: Paradis Restaurant
Invoking the air of mystery and enchantment of a Caribbean island’s lunar eclipse, Paradis restaurant on Hong Kong’s Wyndham Street invites patrons to partake in a journey of intimate adventure the moment they walk through its doors.
Color Trends: Why The Biggest Color Trend Is Happening In Velvet
Trends have a history of repeating themselves. And, when it comes to the latest trend we’re seeing come back, we’ve got no complaints. Please meet 2018’s version of this 90’s classic, velvet. From appearances at New York Fashion Week, to the top of the must-buy list for HGTV’s Home Design Director, Nancy Fire, velvet is again having moment in today’s style zeitgeist.
Delve into naturalistic earthy expressions that remind us – we are all makers at heart. Authentically redesigned, infused with sunny conviviality, well-crafted design, heritage ornamentation and modernity.
Layers of cultures and eras blend harmoniously, combining modesty and the grandiose. The basics are peppered with an extra dose of soul inspired by cultural heritage.
Earthy hues ground the soul and encourage self-expression. Sojourn is sophisticated with tempered earthy hues reminiscent of early naturalists, while masculine deep tones are highlighted with a sporty and outdoorsy aesthetic. Classic and graphic. Natural and chic. Sporty and playful. The urban and natural multicolored, multipurpose palette consists of simple primaries mixed with outdoorsy olive, brown and ochre. A blend of neutrals with primaries to renew the folklore aesthetic inspired by archival qualities. Naturally rich colors of perennial and mountain flowers pair with autumnal earthy hues.
Inside a Historic 1940s L.A. Abode: Dunn-Edwards Partners with Claire Thomas
Marking the corner of a quiet cul-de-sac in Los Angeles sets a gorgeous wooded property lovingly restored by Claire Thomas and her husband. Thomas, the founder and talent behind The Kitchy Kitchen and co-founder of Los Angeles’ Sweet Laurel Bakery, came upon this hidden gem of a home on the market last year.
Artist Renae Barnard’s Eco-Conscious Exploration of Color
A large component of artist Renae Barnard’s work features an emphasis on eco-conscious — a theme that resonates throughout Barnard’s works like her photography, public art, sculpture and paintings. It’s no surprise then that when it comes to the colors for her works of art, the palettes also take inspiration from botanical and geological surroundings.
2019 COTY Inspires Samantha Williams Interior Design
With the recent announcement of the Dunn-Edwards 2019 Color of the Year, Spice of Life (DET439), we partnered with Samantha Williams of Samantha Williams Interior Design and saw the color come to life through her vision and expertise in design and color.
2019 COTY Inspires Jason Lai of L2 Interiors
We recently unveiled our 2019 Color of the Year, Spice of Life (DET439), and partnered with Jason Lai of L2 Interiors to see how the hue inspired him to create a fresh and cozy design aesthetic for his new home.
A Modern Makeover for a Historic Cliff May
Recently, Rochelle and Doug Kramer, local Long Beach, Calif. real estate agents and Mid-century Modern experts, purchased one of these Cliff May properties and transformed it into a modern jewel. With paint products and colors by Dunn-Edwards, here’s a look at the transformation.
Dunn-Edwards 2019 Color of the Year: Spice of Life (DET439)
Dunn-Edwards 2019 Color of the Year, Spice of Life, is inspired by a celebration of what makes life interesting and exciting. It’s warm, inviting, adventurous and life-affirming. This strong, enticing, spice-market blend adds a complex, flavorful seasoning to design palettes. The elements of orange in the hue give a grounded, substantial feeling to design.
Sojourn: A “Spirited Journey” through Color+Design
“Sojourn,” our fifth trend story, focuses on naturalistic, earthy expressions that remind us that we are all makers at heart. Authentically redesigned, this trend is infused with sunny conviviality, well-crafted design, heritage ornamentation and modernity. Layers of cultures and eras blend harmoniously, combining the modest and the grandiose. The basics are peppered with an extra dose of soul inspired by cultural heritage.
Sarah Rosenhaus Interior Design: Blending Nature and Elegance
Sarah Rosenhaus, principal owner of Sarah Rosenhaus Interior Design (SRID), based in Santa Monica, Calif., believes each home should tell a story of a well-traveled life. With a focus on luxury residential interior design, Rosenhaus and her team have faith in the importance of listening to clients and filtering their desires through their vision and approach.
Looking Forward to 2019: The Emerging Trend of Folk Heritage
"Social Architecture" is the conscious designing of physical space to optimize human interaction and connect to its surroundings. This notion is explored in our next Color and Design Trend, "Folk Heritage." Designers who utilize this trend feature local materials throughout the interiors and embrace urban agriculture, sustainability and reuse.
Looking Forward: Emerging 2019 Trends
Due to the stressful lives that we lead, an emphasis is placed on the need to "escape" the everyday and to experience true relaxation, indulging in simple pleasures alone or with family and friends. Each space should be designed with this in mind.
6th and Detroit: California 70s Cool
6th and Detroit, a stylish home-décor boutique located in the Arts District of Long Beach, Calif., is owned by Michelle Qazi, whose home we highlighted in October. This month, we’re taking you on a tour of her boutique and talk to her about the transformative power of color for her business.
Casa Joshua Tree: A Bohemian Desert Oasis
Nestled in the desert area of Joshua Tree, Calif., lies a bohemian retreat known as Casa Joshua Tree. Set up just six miles from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, Casa Joshua Tree is a three-bedroom, two-bath gem, recently renovated by owner, artist and designer, Lindsay Hollinger.
Cool Conversion: The Basement Apartment of Lourdes and Zach
Nestled in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles,Calif, sets a converted church owned by Lourdes Hernández and Zach Leigh. Known as Ruby Street, the church itself has become a well-known venue for events, while Lourdes and Zach live in the basement apartment.
The Stylish Curation of Michelle Qazi, and a Color Reveal
Michelle Qazi is the founder and owner of a beautiful home décor store centered in the Arts District of Long Beach, Calif., called 6th and Detroit. Showcasing an array of vintage pieces from the 1960s and '70s, Qazi celebrates this era with relish, seeking out hidden gems from a variety of sources to provide inspiration to the clientele.
Marrakech Meets Desert Modern in Palm Springs
Surrounded by a landscape of lanky palms and jutting cacti sets the gloriously pink Soukie Kasbah. This Palm Springs Airbnb is owned and operated by the same team behind Soukie Modern, the Morocco-meets-California home-decor store also located in Palm Springs.