AW18/19 - Three Colour Palettes Inspired by the 'Close Contact' Exhibition.
Chiaroscuro lighting, sensual nubuck and sculptural styling are punctuated by the primordial symbolism of the sphere. Close Contact is an exhibition envisaged by Norm.Architects, Kinfolk and Danish leather creators Sorensen Leather. Creative direction was lead by Nathan Williams of Kinfolk with photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm.Architects whose passion for phenomenology, (the study of human experience) is more than evident.
What results is a highly tactile and emotional exhibit that inspires so many possibilities for design.
Tactile Trends were especially interested in the colour themes of the shoot and have translated and narrated three colour familes below but first lets view a slide show of the 'Close Contact'images.
1 // Toasted Umber
In this first colour palette leather spheres harmonize with the movement, texture and curves of human skin. Colours are traditional and luxurious as if plucked out of the snug of a stately home. There is a faint smell of smoke and wood as we are reminded of glowing open fires, cognac and rich chocolate set back against skin tones that have been warmed by the fire.
2 // Holding up the Sky
Colours are understated and non chromatic in this palette so the material textures can come forward. Chalky nubuck brushes against the skin like silver moon dust. Colours are muted and grayed off with a hint towards the blues, cooling us down and conjuring up visions of other planets.
3 // Earthly Pleasures
Shades of spruce and liquorice root make us think of Northern sunless landscapes. They look naturally muted but modern in tonal compositions or contrasted with biscuit hues for a glimpse of light.
Close Contact is an editorial that offers powerful colour and texture direction for accessory, interior and fashion designers to name a few.
It is also another visual nod towards the trend for spherical and circular symbolism which was called out as a key macro trend by thought leaders in forecasting a few years ago. Perhaps the most important rendition of the circle trend is the awareness of circular processes and economies, something we are hearing more about as brands look for ways to make their businesses more circular.
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