If you grew up in the 80s, you’d likely agree that the Psychedelic Furs totally coined the phrase “pretty in pink”, while John Hughes further solidified the term with his 1986 self-titled romantic comedy about teenage relationships. It’s reasonable to say that, like Hughes’s movie, not only does the word ‘pink’ possess connotations of love, romance, and innocence, but the colour pink in itself represents the same undertone of beauty, tenderness, femininity, and sweetness.
After all, we even use pink imagery to connote positivity in our idioms. “Tickled pink” suggests that you are pleased, delighted, and happy; “everything is rosy” suggests that all is well, that everything will be ok; “in the pink” refers to perfect health. And if someone views the world through “rose coloured glasses”, it implies that the world is more pleasant and agreeable when viewed through blush-toned lenses. On a spiritual level, the colour pink relates to your heart chakra, which moves love through your life to aid in balancing your emotions, and rose quartz is a crystal that awakens the heart and promotes healing. The energy of this colour can vibrate into your entire aura and has the ability to create peace and calm within.
It’s no surprise that with the announcement of one of Pantone’s 2016 Colours of the Year, Rose Quartz, retailers were quick to jump on this pink parade of prettiness. The colour is an ever-present trend in today’s current design markets. We have been constantly seeing this colour internationally within the interior design community, particularly in furniture, textiles, and housewares manufacturing. Countless design houses have embraced this movement, having found inspiration in this “persuasive yet gentle tone that coveys compassion and a sense of composure.”
To keep on trend with the colour fad, counter top appliance company Kitchen Aid re-launched their stand mixer in Guava Glaze, based on the warmer tones of Pantone’s 13-1520 Rose Quartz. Perhaps coincidently, inspired by guavas and cream, French cookware company Le Creuset was delighted to announce their new Bonbon Collection which encapsulated the pink trend with their delicate enamelware colour Pink Chiffon. The shade is both romantic and innocent; its comforting effect is reminiscent of fluffy cotton candy and childlike tutus from our girlish days.
To mark their 150th anniversay in porcelaine ware, French manufactuer Bernardau commisionned artists to design a new collection of dinner plates. At the Interior Design Show in Toronto 2016, William Ashley China exhibited one of these collections by painter Michael Lin. The design and pattern of these plates are inspired by the traditional textiles of Taiwan, and remind us of the peaceful colours of the cherry blossom. Ceramicist Lindsay Emery of Suite One Studio creates beautiful handmade porcelain tablewares in a flirty rose colour. The organic quality of her wares, paired with their pink shade, has a naïve quality that evokes a sense of innocent whimsy.
Home furnishing companies have also been inpsired by this calming colour. Furniture manaufactuer Koket introduced their Besame Chair in this sweet shade of pink. Besame is a Spanish word meaning “kiss me”, which is evident in the soft curves and juicy lines of this luscious petit chair. Herman Miller introduced the colour Blush to dynamic duo Ray & Charles Eames’ moulded plastic dowel-legged chair. The Eames philosophy was that design was constantly in motion, everchanging with the times, and they were famous for updating their designs as new resources and finishes became available…on trend and perfectly pretty!
KRAVET FABRICS, a family-run business of ninety-eight years, united with Pantone and developed a new colour story with Rose Quartz as its muse. Meanwhile, FABRICUT, one of the largest distributors of decorative fabrics in the world, was motivated by the 2016 Rose Quartz trend to assemble a collection of their pink fabrics. With names such as “Blush”, “Carnation”, and “Primrose”, it’s hard not to evoke warm and comforting feelings for the colour.
Pink is, in reality, the quentessential feminine colour; it can alter a mood with one glance and blanket us with a sense of comfort, like a mother’s embrace. The colour has had a larger-than-life voice for decades; it has overlapped with societal movements such as gender equality, it has cast a pink glow on breast cancer awareness, and it has served as a symbol of gay rights. April 13th marks the International Day of Pink, when communities across the world come together to celebrate diversity and raise awareness on bullying. The colour is positive; it’s no longer just a little girls’ colour, and in our generally masculine world, perhaps if we embrace it as the ‘new neutral’, we are able to create an environment that is powerful, proud, and pretty.