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Elixir

Caught between the sway of drought and flood, a parched earth has become a natural fountainhead of creative activism.

Material Moodbaord: Elixir, ColourNext 2017

Slow Living

In the age of instant gratification, there is a growing appreciation for the journey to finding life’s finer experiences.

Material Moodboard: Slow Living, ColourNext 2017

Local Pride

A search for indigenous identities and ideas is questioning the dominance of a homogenised world while celebrating a sense of belonging to our cultural ancestry.

Material Moodboard: Local Pride, ColourNext 2017

Bot is Human

Bots are programmed. Humans are human. Or vice versa? As technology weaves its way through every aspect of our life, we are looking for machines that are as human as us. Caught between the sway of drought and flood, a parched earth has become a natural fountainhead of creative activism.

Material Moodboard: Bot is Human, ColourNext 2017

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Painting your way through the year with ColourNext17

If you thought colours were just an afterthought, it’s time to stop and reflect. Whether it’s the colour of your shoes, the skies, a flower, or a paper, colour meanders through our daily routines in more ways that we consciously realise. From homes to cityscapes, colours are instrumental in comprehending our experiences and interactions. Aligned with this understanding, ColourNext, an annual colour forecast has become a trustworthy source and tool across industries. A constant reference point for anyone working with colour, the handbook has a burst of fresh palettes to inform design practices around the country.

Launched for the first time in 2003, ColourNext is now an important tool that caters to the requirements of the Indian design industry. Recognising the fact that ‘colour’ has a spectrum of interpretations, as copious as the number of people experiencing it, Asian Paints arrives at a predictive palette every year. For this, it brings together some of the country’s finest design minds to collaborate. The 14th edition is its most comprehensive yet. Drawing from socio-political and economic happenings around the country, it decodes trends that will soon make their way to your walls and wardrobes.

Defining 2017, the stories will unravel through an array of palettes, installations and textures, each one echoing the underlying visual languages that weave the country together. Surveying ever-changing consumer behaviour and its impact on colour and décor choices, ColourNext17 articulates four trends that set the mood for the year ahead – Elixir, Slow Living, Local Pride and Bot is Human.

As fluid and energetic as Elixir

Elixir

Caught between the sway of drought and flood, a parched earth has become a natural fountainhead of creative activism.

Material Moodbaord: Elixir, ColourNext 2017

As threats of scarcity of water continue to emerge, employing our current requirement for strength and optimism, engaging with water creatively becomes an important part of a discourse that collects our agitations and vulnerabilities into unconventional expressions. Stemming from a combination of hope and anxiety, the palette and installations play on the idea of duality, reflecting on the innate quality of water – fluid and malleable yet resilient enough to pierce through some of the hardest materials. Geared towards narratives that stitch the spaces we inhabit, opulent materials like velvet, oakwood and titanium blended with a dreamy colour palette brings the elixir to life. With patterns echoing its flow and texture, hues comprising of soft tones and energetic finishes; the spaces inspired by the Elixir, resist confinement, building a boundless identity.

Take a moment to smell the roses with Slow Living

Fingers scrolling. Pages flipping. Headlines rolling. Through the years we’ve been running, trying to catch up with time, but this year is about stopping – to stare, breathe and take it all in. In a world where fastest is fittest seems to be the reigning theme, we’re about to take the time to find ourselves again. Whether it’s by arranging a candlelit dinner for two in the balcony or dipping our feet in a warm apartment pool.

Slow Living

In the age of instant gratification, there is a growing appreciation for the journey to finding life’s finer experiences.

We aren’t running away from our daily lives, but looking for ways to consciously savour it. Inspired by this transition, Slow Living outlines a theme that seeks to embrace the process and experience rather than the outcome. Layered, yet buoyant colours, borrow from the journey, inviting the idea of an unhurried way of living through the sets. Pastel hues and earthy tones give depth to the palette while the underlying whiteness produces a reflective quality. Porous textures like sponge and cork envelop spaces with a lived-in charm, juxtaposed with materials like ceramics, Burma teak and leather – refined, yet nourishing. 

Material Moodboard: Slow Living, ColourNext 2017

Celebrate our plush soil with Local Pride

Diversity echoes everywhere – from pages in textbooks to people’s speeches across the world, but as homogeneity increasingly becomes the easier choice; it is a welcome perplexity to understand how we continue celebrating our subcultures.  Local Pride accumulates an assortment of experiences including motifs and materials innate to growing subcultures in its trend predictions. 

Local Pride

A search for indigenous identities and ideas is questioning the dominance of a homogenised world while celebrating a sense of belonging to our cultural ancestry.

Filling our shelves with weaves from Kutch, homes with tiles from Athangudi and plates with a fiery curry from Nagaland become little gestures in continuously keeping the roots to our lives alive. Among shelves with coloured spines, folktales inked with stories told by our grandparents and ancestors, translate into flickers of identification. Whether it is food, literature or architecture, finding tidbits that narrate indigenous tales help us reinterpret self-expression. Highlights in the colour palette include Abyss, Copper and Balsam Brown, hues that exude warmth with an uncanny combination of rare and familiar. Spaces coloured with these hues perfectly complement locally sourced materials like coconut wood, kala cotton and bamboo bringing pieces of a land rooted with traditions to contemporary spheres. With natural finishes of black clay and red oxide, patterns from the forecast rope in textures intrinsically associated with India. 

Material Moodboard: Local Pride, ColourNext 2017

Find melody where wood meets screen with Bot is Human

What meeting do I have next? Which road do I take to get there? Where can I find a buffet lunch around here? All these answers rest inside tiny devices that have made their home on our wrists and palms. What once was just about efficiency and getting the job done has become an extension to the way we think and function. Inseparable from our daily lives, our silicon companions have become increasingly intuitive and responsive. Bringing forth this transition, Bot is Human is a nod to the role of knowing the voice that lives in our devices, helping us on the go, chiming in with suggestions and nudging with reminders. 

Bot is Human

Bots are programmed. Humans are human. Or vice versa? As technology weaves its way through every aspect of our life, we are looking for machines that are as human as us. Caught between the sway of drought and flood, a parched earth has become a natural fountainhead of creative activism.

Material Moodboard: Bot is Human, ColourNext 2017

Sitting on the line between real and virtual, the Bot is Human forecast explores a palette embodying smooth transitions. From gentle Pale Sisal to vibrant life-like Olive Path, to Burgundy Plus, bearing empathetic tones, the colours thread a new kind of design thinking together. The trend sprouts at the intersection of a blurring duality – the real world and the virtual world. Materials like metal and felt fall within the lines of this duality, providing a mellifluous interplay of warm and cool. Patterns like honeycomb explore nature’s geometry while textures like latex add an ever-changing layer of experience bringing in a fine balance between cognition and intuition. 

In a nutshell...

As colours make their way from thought to heart with ColourNext17, textures, materials and patterns come alive with spaces turning into springboards for the freshest ideas. Blooming through the year, these trends go beyond how they were derived and become important in informing the ways we spend our days. Each space adorned with these trends brings forth its own distinct quality, defining the way we perceive the year. As palettes turn into a storehouse for stories, themes of ColourNext17 become reflections of our personalities, binding the evolving pages of our lives together.