Humbled and excited to lecture today at the recently restored Bell Labs, designed by the eponymous Eero Saarinen and brought back to life by Alexander Gorlin Architects @alexandergorlinarchitects . More photos to come of today’s talk for @asidnj @asid_hq ✨.
ＷＨＩＴＥ ◽️ the final color in our exploratory color series, and arguably the most complex of them all ◽️ it symbolizes purity, health, cleanliness and modernity, yet its vastness also inspires awe and fear (swipe ➡️ for wedding gowns, lab coats, ceramic sinks, Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier, Moby Dick and Apple). Because of its difficulty to maintain, white is both affiliated with the fortunate and the simplistic, and has taken the interiors world by storm in recent decades. While we absolutely love our colorful spaces, we certainly cannot deny that a white-washed moment is anything but boring ✨. Photography @kirstenrfrancis
#white #vanity #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＯＢＳＩＤＩＡＮ ⚫️ a glossy black material formed when molten lava is cooled by ice or snow ❄️. The reflective qualities of ‘volcanic glass’ were harnessed in the making of ancient mirrors, although its mysterious properties quickly associated it with witchcraft. George R.R. Martin rethinks its powers in Game of Thrones, where we know it as dragonglass. In the world of interiors, an unexpected pop of obsidian black creates its own sort of magic ✨.
#obsidian #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＳＩＬＶＥＲ 🍴 the color of curiosity, superstition, and the Space Age 👨🏽🚀. Its foothold in sci-fi and fashion coincides with the onset of space exploration, worn by the Mercury 7 before hitting the runways of couture designers like André Courrèges and Paco Rabanne (swipe ➡️). In the world of interiors, silver is perhaps most commonly associated with the dinner table. The metal, once believed to have the power to detect poison, was employed as a defense tactic in the form of utensils; now silver has become the norm for place settings, eponymously termed silverware 🥄.
Photography @don.eim 📸
#silver #colorhistory #tablescape #lizakuhninteriors
ＧＯＬＤ ✨ a complicated color symbolizing divinity, wealth, reverence, and avarice. Its majestic qualities are explored in the golden paintings of Gustav Klimt (swipe ➡️), now on display in NYC’s @neuegalerieny after being stolen and harbored by the Nazis for half a century. While the mythical Midas Touch warns us of wanting gold too dearly, we think scattered touches elevate the interior of many a home ✨ .
#gold #bedroomdecor #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＩＶＯＲＹ ◽️ a creamy white color, also the tusk of elephant, walrus and narwhal, for which the color is named 🐘. Some of the earliest known ivory artifacts are the Lewis Chessmen ♟ , found on an isle in Outer Hebrides and the inspiration for Harry Potter’s wizards’ chess 🧙♂️(swipe ➡️). Queen Victoria made the color popular for wedding dresses when she wore it for her marriage to Prince Albert 👰🏻 (swipe ➡️➡️). Today, ivory remains a staple for fashion and interior design alike .
#ivory #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＭＵＭＭＹ ⚰️ yes, mummy brown is exactly what you think it is. For centuries, Egyptian mummies were dug up, examined, and ground into powder (swipe for an evocative scene ➡️) to be used by apothecaries and painters alike ⚱️. Delacroix used it heftily in the Salon de la Paix in Paris (swipe ➡️➡️) and it was pursued by artists until the 1960s, when the last mummy ran out💀. Mummy brown, perhaps an appropriate color for a room of rest.
#mummybrown #bedroomdecor #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＶＥＲＤＩＧＲＩＳ 🗽 the color of our iconic Statue of Liberty, and the perfect pop for a downtown NYC café. It’s the natural bright green patina that forms over weathered copper, and was one of the most vibrant greens used in painting until about the 15th century (swipe ➡️). “Verdigris” comes from the Old French “vertegrez” (previously “vert-de-Grèce”), which translates to “green of Greece,” from where the pigment originated 🇬🇷.
#verdigris #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＥＭＥＲＡＬＤ 🦚 a color of envy. It’s symbolically assigned to Shakespeare’s more troublesome characters, and a gem pursued since the days of Nero 👑. Its most iconic reference is perhaps The Emerald City, the seemingly dreamlike land in The Wizard of Oz ✨. The 2013 @pantone color of the year shines in the center of this sitting room in our #centralparkwest home.
Photography @kirstenrfrancis 📸
#emerald #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors
ＡＶＯＣＡＤＯ 🥑 first off, happy National Avocado Day to all you avo lovers out there 💚. Did y’all know that before it was the poster child for clean eating, avocado was the hallmark color of the 1970s environmentalist movement? In an effort to raise awareness of earth’s fragility, the color blanketed everything from appliances to automobiles (swipe ➡️). Almost 50 years later, we’re combining healthy eating with healthy interiors, in our avocado laden bathroom at the wellness-minded cafe, @charleyst .
Photography @taramilktea 📸
#avocado #bathroomdesign #colorhistory #lizakuhninteriors