As a reflection of our current social climate, Plascon's 2012 Colour Trends echo the mood of society, highlighting our needs and our desires, a collection of colours and hues that is fittingly entitled 'Endless Possibility'. With this in mind, Plascon developed their key directions for 2012, ultimately expressed as the four different themes, where Memory consists mostly of soft pastels inspired by the past, Expression's optimistic bright colours are linked to current events, Mystery relies on rich deep hues and metallics to represent the future, and Origins uses modern neutral colours to reconnect us to our roots.
According to Laurence Brick of Laurence Brick Creative Direction, Plascon's choices for their 2012 Colour Forecast could not be more on trend. "In times of recession, people go back to what is honest and good, so items which appear humble, paired down and textured have new appeal. Handmade products speak volumes, and beautiful turned wooden stools, sculptural handmade furniture, boiled wools, felt and ceramics are key". Plascon's themes of Memory, Expression, Mystery and Origin are evidence that "many designers are looking to science and nature, and adapting components of these to their texture and colour choices" said Brick. With the world more frequently being conceptuailsed as a global village, the trend of Global Living has given rise to Hectic Eclectic - a very individual, layered, eccentric and ornate look. "As a mixture of rich clashing prints with geometrics, bird motifs and over the top florals, it looks like a mixture of things collected from your travels around the world. The appeal is that it exudes a relaxed and comfortable feel, whilst reflecting a global knowledge and adventurous spirit".
Here is a sneak peak of what our colour connoisseurs have in store for you at the show: Michelle Throssel:
"I will be interpreting the Memory colour palette with a romantic bedroom scheme complimented by an old French bed, and contrasted by ultra modern designer elements! The use of colour is coming back after a long neutral phase, and this shows that people are generally becoming braver to experiment and express themselves, rather than sticking to or following what others are doing".Richard Stretton of KOOP:
"Inspired by earthy colours of 'Origins' we decided to create an outdoor room - a space oozing simple luxury with a day bed and recliner for reading and hanging out, and a space to pot and nurture plants. The 'Origins' palette suggests a soulful and meditative space, creating sanctuaries for interiors. This is carefully balanced by strong and bold colours that add personality and opportunities for contrast and personal expression". Ruth Duke:
"To invoke a sense of Mystery I will be playing with the new fresh colour options that amplify and invigorate, with new purple and violet hues and the revival of the old classic deep cypress green. The 'Mystery' palette is great and workable because it is grounded by the classic neutrals of khaki/camel and soft grey". Laurence Brick:
"Inspired by the Expressions palette, we have designed a modern playful, and yet practical working station. The strong sense of energy and celebration of this palette is interpreted through the use of bold 'Oceanos" blue' and 'Evasive white' stripes on the walls, Union Jack covered ottomans in red and white and Scandinavian-style plywood furniture from Raw Studios washed in 'Baked Earth orange'. Plascon's 2012 Colour Forecast entices, stimulates, sooths, energises and lifts our spirits, homes and work spaces. Colour is a simple way and to turn a blank canvas into a sophisticated space".
Decorex Durban General Manager Cairey Slater said, "We anticipate that the Plascon concept stand will be a very popular at our exhibition. The combination of some of South Africa's most creative minds with what is guaranteed to be the trend-setting colour palette for 2012 is not to be missed."
For all of these colours and trends, and a whole lot more in kitchens, bathrooms, décor and lifestyle visit Decorex Durban at the Durban Exhibition Centre between 21 - 25 March 2012. The Decorex SA portfolio will also see exhibitions held in Cape Town (26-29 April 2012) and Johannesburg (8-12 August 2012). Decorex Durban is proudly sponsored by Plascon, with Mnet as the media partner.
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21 - 25 March 2012
Durban Exhibition Centre
Industry trade days: 22 and 23 March
Hours: 10:00 - 20:00 (closes at 18:00 on 25 March)
Tickets: Adults - R55 / Pensioners & Students - R45 / Children under 12 - R10