Visual Inventory: Colour

May 14, 2013

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Each month EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, shares culture recommendations and findings that are currently inspiring him. His monthly musings focus on a theme and how he’s seeing it used across different industries (ie. design, film, music, online and photography).


This month’s theme is COLOUR – a topic that’s more than welcome as we anticipate the arrival of summer. Thom’s latest discoveries show colour in a variety of light: how it can captivate audiences and motivate responses. Take a look…




DESIGN / Vitra Colour and Surface Library

Vitra, one of our EQ3+ brands, recently partnered with designer Hella Jongerius to create a new colour and material palette for their existing product line. This new palette helps in creating colour schemes across different types of furniture, while breathing new life into their existing products from designers such as Jean Prouve and Charles and Ray Eames. Launched at the Milan Furniture Fair last month, the colours were used not only on their products but also to create entire room groupings. Each room was centered around a different hue. Deep emerald green, terracotta and murky blue were key players in creating these captivating room displays.


Here’s what Vitra had to say about their collaboration:


“The Dutch designer Hella Jongerius again and again successfully addresses the significance of colours and surfaces in contemporary design in her textiles and ceramic works and with her furniture pieces. In numerous installations and objects, she has demonstrated how colours and colour combinations and their use on specific materials, surfaces and shapes can lead to spectacular results. Knowing the effect that colour has and the cultural meanings of colours is a foundation that is just as important to her as being familiar with production techniques and materials.”


You can see photos of Vitra’s exhibit space here.





FILM / Upstream Color

‘Upstream Color’ is Shane Carruth’s second film, following his complex time-travelling debut ‘Primer’. Shot mostly in Malick-like montages, Upstream Color demands to be viewed more than once. The film’s complex and meandering plot deals with mind-control, concepts of self, personal agency and love through colourful and sometimes abstract imagery. Entirely beautiful, Upstream Color is easily one of my favourite movies of 2013 so far. You can watch the Upstream Color movie trailer here. It’s in theatres and available on-demand now.





MUSIC / Kurt Vile

I wouldn’t categorize Kurt Vile’s music as colourful, however Steve Powers supplies the colourful sign painting/wall artwork for the album cover. Vile’s music has been traditionally nice to listen to, but ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’ has totally captivated me and has been on regular rotation in my apartment since its release.





ONLINE / Movies in Color

I came across the Movies in Color blog earlier this month. The concept that drives it is quite interesting – deriving light, medium, and dark colour palettes from current and classic films. A lot of films, especially of those from directors such as Stanley Kubrik, P.T. Anderson, and Wes Anderson, are produced with very distinct style and hues – often to evoke emotion or atmosphere. It’s interesting to see what gradient of hues are developed from a small sampling of film stills. Not so much a helpful tool, but more of an interesting exercise in colour and its power to evoke certain moods, feelings and representations of space.


The site is updated daily. You can visit Movies in Color blog here.





PHOTOGRAPHY / Patterns from Above

Brent Yaggi & Sarah Hicks are a photography team who have been taking aerial photographs by plane for the past seven years. Their photos capture vivid, and often abstract portraits of natural and man-made landscapes from across North America. Their prints are for sale through their website, Patterns from Above.



Images Sources: credited as shown above


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