Design Shades of Marsala

The color has always been a fundamental part of human culture, as it gives a very personal proof of expressions and emotions through time. In this way, the Pantone Color Institut® announces every year in a secret meeting in a top secret location the Color of the Year: we mean the color that will influence design, furniture, fashion and cosmetics in the following year.

While 2014 color, Radiant Orchid (PANTONE 18-3224), was captivating and stimulating, 2015 color, Marsala (PANTONE 18-1438), "enriches our mind, our body and our soul, exuding confidence and stability", said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Marsala owes its name to the dessert wine produced near Trapani, which color changes from gold to ruby depending on the type of grape used. Anyway, what we can expect if not a warm and cozy shade from a Sicilian wine as we of Mohd are?

“...this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing...." (cit. L. Eiseman).

If you don’t like a total Marsala style, you can opt for some nice touches in the living area, which will make it even more comfortable and elegant.

For example, you could let Favn by Fritz Hansen embrace you (Favn is the Danish word for “hug”): this sofa, designed by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, will seduce you with its "red wine" finish, which is close to the color of  the year.

The dark red of “vinaccia” is also one of the many possible nuances which Poltrona Frau catalog offers for the armchair Chester, an iconic piece of the Italian design house. The Chester line, which also includes pouf and sofas, reminds to the classic Edwardian period, as it was found frequently in clubs and country house of the early '900. Renzo Frau chose the Chester armchair for the first catalog in 1912, and you can recognize the careful work of the master Poltrona Frau craftsmen still now.

Informal and young, the Zanotta Sacco chair will add a touch of color to your living: Sacco is a must for design lovers, thanks to its flexibility and adaptability.

Maxalto proposes Alcor, a new series of storage unit for the living, designed by Antonio Citterio in red and soy shades which resemble Marsala color. Alcor is an elegant solution for storage, thanks to its open or flap openings and the large drawers.

In the living you cannot miss the carpet, and Little Field of Flowers by Nanimarquina will bring nature into your home thanks to the small hand-sewn flowers in shades of red. A rural oasis just for you, warm and relaxing, where you could sip a glass of Marsala!

Birdie by Foscarini will charm you with its amaranth nuances: it’s a reading lamp harmonious and light, with the ignition system that resembles a twig able to hold only a birdie.

In the kitchen you can opt for accessories in shades of Marsala. Among others, Normann Copenhagen proposes Nabo, a minimal set of 3 trays, in different sizes and nuances and Geo thermos carafe, essential but pleasantly retro.

Agata by Alessi is a vintage teapot in red marsala, elegant and easy to handle, with a warmer light terracotta; it will fit with Teema by Iittala, a geometric and basic mug.

An inevitable object in the kitchen is the pepper and salt mill, such as Plus by Muuto, made of stacked cylinders in shades of red, characterized by a simple but original design.

Marsala, thanks to its burnished tones, is easily compatible with amber, golden colors, umber but also greens, such as turquoise and teal, and blues more vibrant.

What do you think about Marsala as color of the year?


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