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Pantone & The Grande Papilio

The Grande Papilio chair in Pantone's colors of 2016

Pantone’s Color of the Year lends its tranquil feel to the comfort and modern look of the “Grande Papilio,” chair designed by Naoto Fukusawa.

Fukusawa draws inspiration from a butterfly for the Grande Papilio chair. He describes the design in this way, “The backrest designs the two wings with the head resting between them and protected by them”. This perfect blend brings the utmost calming and peaceful atmosphere that one can have in a space. Coupled with Pantone’s Colors of the Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity – this peacefulness is taken to the limit.

This beautiful combination was present in a tribute to Domus Mille held in the Triennale in Milan. Although the event has come to an end, take a seat and experience the comfort of the “Grande Papilio” for yourself in our B&B Italia Showroom in Seattle! (The “Grande Papilio” in our showroom is shown in leather.)



Here is more from Pantone’s website about this year’s colors of the year:

A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.



Click here to see more photos from the event in Milan: