Color Me Mad!

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By Easton Hackett
Always a sucker for well designed architecture and products, I must admit I go a little mad when color has been introduced to the equation. Ever since I was a small child, I have always been drawn to vivid colors, and often sought out bright objects to play with. While other kids were playing with action figures, I couldn't get enough of my colorful logo sets where I was only limited by my own imagination. These are some of my favorite projects and works that express my mild obsession with the use of color...
Color Me Mad! - Photo 1 of 31 - Copyright by Matthias Heiderich

Copyright by Matthias Heiderich

Yolo Colorhouse / Paints

Poster-sized sample swatches, a host of attractive colors, and nontoxic paints let pint-sized paint company Yolo Colorhouse handily compete with their mega-sized corporate competitors.

Photo by Peter Belanger
Color Me Mad! - Photo 2 of 31 - The materials palette that I chose is light in color with a few splashes of color. This lightness holds the space open and gives it a contemporary feel.

The materials palette that I chose is light in color with a few splashes of color. This lightness holds the space open and gives it a contemporary feel.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 3 of 31 - The tiles range from $10 to $22 per square foot.

The tiles range from $10 to $22 per square foot.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 4 of 31 - Hella Jongerius / Jongeriuslab in Berlin

Hella Jongerius / Jongeriuslab in Berlin

Color Me Mad! - Photo 5 of 31 - The recipe for each color is attached to its corresponding fabric swatch, and after the designer chooses the right combination, the recipes are sent to the color kitchen. Some colors, such as beige and gray tones, are more difficult to produce than others; turquoise is notorious for sticking poorly to fabrics. "We have our trade secrets that ensure that the colors work," says Anu-Mari Salmi, the production manager.

The recipe for each color is attached to its corresponding fabric swatch, and after the designer chooses the right combination, the recipes are sent to the color kitchen. Some colors, such as beige and gray tones, are more difficult to produce than others; turquoise is notorious for sticking poorly to fabrics. "We have our trade secrets that ensure that the colors work," says Anu-Mari Salmi, the production manager.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 6 of 31 - Marbelous Wood by Snedker Studio. Danish designer Pernille Snedker Hansen’s custom installations involve treating local Nordic wood with a marbling effect in toned-down hues.

Marbelous Wood by Snedker Studio. Danish designer Pernille Snedker Hansen’s custom installations involve treating local Nordic wood with a marbling effect in toned-down hues.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 7 of 31 - The classic Heath shallow salad bowl gets a fresh look in Poppy, a limited-edition Summer Collection 2012 color.

The classic Heath shallow salad bowl gets a fresh look in Poppy, a limited-edition Summer Collection 2012 color.

Polychromie Le Corbusier by kt.COLOR

Produced with the Le Corbusier Foundation, this historically faithful swatch of 81 hues was sourced from the architect’s own wallpaper samples, paint chips, designs, and storied investigations into the essence of color.

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Color Me Mad! - Photo 9 of 31 - Images by Raw Color hang in a room upstairs.

Images by Raw Color hang in a room upstairs.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 10 of 31 - "When I was getting my master’s in industrial design, color was what I always had the strongest response to. Color affects light, and therefore it affects how we perceive space and form. It’s integral to design."

"When I was getting my master’s in industrial design, color was what I always had the strongest response to. Color affects light, and therefore it affects how we perceive space and form. It’s integral to design."

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Color Me Mad! - Photo 11 of 31 - The house has many unexpected splashes of color, and exposed industrial materials are used throughout. The diamond-plate steel shown here was also used as a kitchen backsplash, covered with a coating of pink paint.

The house has many unexpected splashes of color, and exposed industrial materials are used throughout. The diamond-plate steel shown here was also used as a kitchen backsplash, covered with a coating of pink paint.

Paper installation (2013)

For an installation for the Japanese paper manufacturer Takeo, architect Emmanuelle Moureaux suspended 840 pieces of paper in a spectrum of 100 colors.

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Color Me Mad! - Photo 12 of 31 - Pantone just released their lineup of fall colors.

Pantone just released their lineup of fall colors.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 13 of 31 - The colorful Watch Me Wall Clock was designed with creative people in mind. Inspired by a fanned color swatch, the clock has a decidedly cheerful disposition.

The colorful Watch Me Wall Clock was designed with creative people in mind. Inspired by a fanned color swatch, the clock has a decidedly cheerful disposition.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 14 of 31 - Furnished with vintage Eames chairs, a second-hand sofa, and pendants and tables designed by Nathalie, the space is kept purposefully casual. She painstakingly mixed and tested the paint for the mustard-yellow walls herself—15 times—to match the hue of a Kvadrat textile.

Furnished with vintage Eames chairs, a second-hand sofa, and pendants and tables designed by Nathalie, the space is kept purposefully casual. She painstakingly mixed and tested the paint for the mustard-yellow walls herself—15 times—to match the hue of a Kvadrat textile.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 15 of 31 - Colorful pompoms in all the vibrant colors found throughout the fair.

Colorful pompoms in all the vibrant colors found throughout the fair.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 16 of 31 - The bright-green hue of this wall, seen just inside the entrance, was used as a complementary color throughout the property.

The bright-green hue of this wall, seen just inside the entrance, was used as a complementary color throughout the property.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 17 of 31 - Vignettes of contrasting colors, materials, and shapes frame every corner. A one-of-a-kind chair by Peter Shire sits in the hallway; near the sculptural staircase is a sconce for Yamagiwa and a sterling silver centerpiece for Memphis, both by Sottsass.

Vignettes of contrasting colors, materials, and shapes frame every corner. A one-of-a-kind chair by Peter Shire sits in the hallway; near the sculptural staircase is a sconce for Yamagiwa and a sterling silver centerpiece for Memphis, both by Sottsass.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 18 of 31 - A true icon of functionalist furniture design, the Stool 60 was originally designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in 1933. Notable for the distinctive bend in the legs, the stool became a signature of Aalto’s work, as his subsequent furniture designs feature these defined leg bends. This Anniversary edition was released in conjunction with the design’s 80th birthday in 2013.

A true icon of functionalist furniture design, the Stool 60 was originally designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in 1933. Notable for the distinctive bend in the legs, the stool became a signature of Aalto’s work, as his subsequent furniture designs feature these defined leg bends. This Anniversary edition was released in conjunction with the design’s 80th birthday in 2013.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 19 of 31 - The bed in the master bedroom is a custom JHID design in ebony-stained fir. Lighting is kept subtle, in the form of an overhead fixture by Schoolhouse Electric and wall sconces by Workstead. The arrows are by Fredericks and Mae.

The bed in the master bedroom is a custom JHID design in ebony-stained fir. Lighting is kept subtle, in the form of an overhead fixture by Schoolhouse Electric and wall sconces by Workstead. The arrows are by Fredericks and Mae.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 22 of 31 - Here's another doozie on the Marin County Tour, the Portnoy Danzig Residence by Sharon Portnoy Design. I like the blocks of color interspersed with the windows on the upper floor, giving the house a playful feel, as though it were a child's toy.

Here's another doozie on the Marin County Tour, the Portnoy Danzig Residence by Sharon Portnoy Design. I like the blocks of color interspersed with the windows on the upper floor, giving the house a playful feel, as though it were a child's toy.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 23 of 31 - Restorick also built this quirky oak staircase with open shelving along one side. "I use accessories as the color in spaces," says Tyler, "so these items are an integral part of the overall design."

Restorick also built this quirky oak staircase with open shelving along one side. "I use accessories as the color in spaces," says Tyler, "so these items are an integral part of the overall design."

Color Me Mad! - Photo 24 of 31 - Danes surround themselves with bright colors and beautiful items, as they spend much of their time at home due to the country's high cost of living and its lengthy winters.

Danes surround themselves with bright colors and beautiful items, as they spend much of their time at home due to the country's high cost of living and its lengthy winters.

Color Me Mad! - Photo 25 of 31 - The halls connecting the garage to the residences are covered in brightly painted aluminum treatment associated with cars, not buildings. The colors move, symbolically, from earth to sky: green, yellow, orange, dark orange, hot pink, purple, bright blue. "Buildings are never brightly colored," says Ingels, explaining the thinking behind this stepladder rainbow, "but cars often are."

The halls connecting the garage to the residences are covered in brightly painted aluminum treatment associated with cars, not buildings. The colors move, symbolically, from earth to sky: green, yellow, orange, dark orange, hot pink, purple, bright blue. "Buildings are never brightly colored," says Ingels, explaining the thinking behind this stepladder rainbow, "but cars often are."

Color Me Mad! - Photo 26 of 31 - "The staircase is the hub, the soul of the project," Rogers says. "It’s meant to be enjoyed." From the ground, the steps start with the cool colors of the earth, then get warmer as they reach up to the sky.

"The staircase is the hub, the soul of the project," Rogers says. "It’s meant to be enjoyed." From the ground, the steps start with the cool colors of the earth, then get warmer as they reach up to the sky.

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