Color Trends 2021: starting with technology

Among the factors setting color trends this year, we find hyper-connection and technological dependency. The hues fully reflect this dynamic

Beyond Reality by Wall&decò, Design Draga & Aurel
Beyond Reality by Wall&decò, Design Draga & Aurel

The palette for the 2021 is an engaging rainbow of warm, deep hues. A far cry from the tones that dominated in 2020, where there had been more space for cool, forceful tones, representing a society in conflict, in pursuit of balance.
There is a close connection between the emerging movements of society and the colors that set chromatic trends: the research and interpretations have been carried out by ColorWorks®, and grouped in 4 macro-themes, or Stories, literally translated into 20 colors (5 per story) to reflect the spirit of each theme (read the complete article).

The first, Dumb numb narrates the increasingly overriding dependency on screens and digital devices, which makes human relations a matter of privilege: devices are always with us, to capture every moment, every experience or event. Human engagement becomes a luxury (a concept summed up in the expression ‘luxurification of human engagement’), along with the most authentic luxury, far from hyperconnectivity, in contact with nature, off-grid, so to speak; experiences that become a new, sought-after status symbol.
The colors of this Story are all connected with key concepts: a bright pink; the tones of gold, discreet and sophisticated; the strong orange that symbolically suggests friendship; a soft delicate green as screens; and the grey of technology.

Pépite by Métaphores - Photo © Gaëlle Le Boulicaut
Pépite by Métaphores – Photo © Gaëlle Le Boulicaut

Métaphores | Pépite
Pépite wool satin has the precious glow of gold. Its texture is based on a double weft that makes the fabric extremely soft, enhanced by golden threads that catch the light. Impressions range from the mineral world to a cloudy sky where sunbeams break through the haze.

Venexia by Ethimo, Design Luca Nichetto
Venexia by Ethimo, Design Luca Nichetto

Ethimo | Venexia
A tribute to the functional elegance of furnishings typical of city living in the late nineteenth century, Venexia is the new design challenge from Ethimo and Luca Nichetto. Visually reminiscent of old-fashioned railings, the structure of the furniture is made of a refined harmonious series of very thin aluminium slats, shaped with ad hoc moulds to ensure uniformity.

ARP by Diabla
ARP by Diabla

Diabla | ARP
ARP, the latest outdoor furniture collection created by Borja García and Laura Ros from their architecture firm Made Studio for Diabla, represents their conception of design as something passionately rational, as analytic as it is emotional. From a tubular structure in a textured thermo-lacquered aluminum – with a great expressive register, functionality and durability – and with a name inspired by the succession of vertical lines, evoking the strings of a harp, the series is made up of an armchair, two-seater sofa and two low tables in different sizes.

Beyond Reality by Wall&decò, Design Draga & Aurel
Beyond Reality by Wall&decò, Design Draga & Aurel

Wall&decò | Beyond Reality
The Beyond Reality wallpaper designed by Draga & Aurel is a minor metaphysical journey, silent and poetic. By means of imaginary windows, abstract objects and natural elements, it provides an atmosphere that is familiar and reassuring, while reconnecting us with the outside world at the same time.

Borea by B&B Italia, Design Piero Lissoni
Borea by B&B Italia, Design Piero Lissoni

B&B Italia | Borea
Borea is a complete and eclectic collection of outdoor seats and tables designed by Piero Lissoni. The numerous pieces in the collection have in common tubular metal structures with a fluid and seamless design, without joints and interruptions.

Panarea by Pedrali, Design CMP Design
Panarea by Pedrali, Design CMP Design
Pedrali | Panarea

Light, sunny, elegant. These are three good adjectives for Panarea, the new outdoor collection from Pedrali, created by CMP Design. Panarea stems from an idea of a Mediterranean coastal landscape, with an armchair and a lounge chair featuring a crafted weave, 100% Made in Italy.

Ronchamp by Baxter
Ronchamp by Baxter

Baxter | Ronchamp
Elegant, sinuous, sculptural. The new Ronchamp table by Baxter is a combination of forms and materials. Juxtaposing marble with nubuck leather, the various lines are enhanced, creating games of light and shadow.