Symphony in Blue: Best Use of Color from the Wallpaper* Design Awards
This Blue Monday, be inspired by a series of designs that bring soothing chromatic comfort to those gloomy days.
From tech to furniture, we’ve looked at the best blue design of the year for the 2022 Wallpaper* Design Awards.
Blue design for soothing interiors
Apple’s 1999 iMac G3 revolutionized the personal computer with its advanced technology. But let’s be honest: what we all really remember is its lovely curved shape and rainbow of happy hues. Now, after years of serious money, the Cupertino giant has finally brought back some color for its ultra-thin new iMac, available in green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and this lovely deep blue. Each option features a softer hue on the front to allow users to focus on their content, and a bold, saturated color on the back; color-matched accessories include a woven power cable.
Also among our worthy winners is the frosted glass console table by Germans Ermičs, an ethereal part of the Amsterdam-based designer’s ongoing polychromatic and shaded explorations. Originally presented at Design Miami/Basel with Peter Blake Gallery, the “Shaping Color” collection presents new interpretations of Ermiès glass furniture designs, in fresh chromatic compositions. The Design Miami installation, Blake noted, hoped to elicit “a phenomenological viewer experience.” We hope viewers retain a new appreciation for Ermičs’ focus on aesthetics and materials, as well as their relationship to surrounding environments.
Ilse Crawford’s North Sea Blue version of Hans J Wegner’s ‘CH26′ armchair is part of a special edition inspired by Nordic abstraction and the expressionist works of Per Kirkeby. Titled “Reimagining the Classics”, the collection (which also includes chairs in pewter, seaweed, slate and falu red) celebrated Wegner’s first five chairs in colors that, in true Crawford tradition, “respectfully reimagine” designs. . Translucent, non-toxic, water-based paints have been specially selected by the British designer to add a new layer to the chairs’ familiar shapes. The end result is meant to create atmosphere in a space and showcase the natural beauty of the material – a blue design that leaves us feeling anything but blue. §