Enter The Tiger. A brave new world of colour
2022 is the Year Of The Tiger, according to the Chinese Zodiac, commencing on February 1st. The Tiger represents bravery, courage, strength and new beginnings. So entering 2022 with a renewed sense of hope is certainly something we can all hold onto.
Two years in and out of lockdown has meant we have had to use our homes as offices, gyms and schools. After literally staring at the walls and social distancing, we are ready to throw open our arms and doors to friends and family again. We want our homes to feel more fun and convivial, and with that, we are seeing bolder colours. According to Joa Studholme, international colour curator at Farrow & Ball, there has been “a seismic shift in the way we’re using colours in the home,” observing that bold, distinctive hues give off the feeling of strength.
But just how do we choose colours? Anyone that has ever looked at the dizzying choices on a colour chart understands just how confusing this can be. Hiring an interior designer is one solution. Another is the brilliant system created by the maestro himself, the legendary architect and designer Le Corbusier. Originally conceived in 1931, Le Corbusier’s interactive design guide Polychromie identified functions that could be applied to different colours, including psychological effects, weight, depth, perception and unity.
Now it has been brought to life under the authentic brand Les Couleurs. Essentially it is a system of 63 colours broken down into two palettes. All the colours are naturally harmonious and are guaranteed to be as saturated as they appear in print. The system operates in partnership with international manufacturers of architectural and design products. There are specific “professional tools” that include colour fans, cards, samples, and “keyboards” that allow you to see how three to five shades can appear together in a group. If you like to delve deeper into Le Corbusier’s theory, check out a book called Le Corbusier’s Architectural Polychromy.
The legendary architect and designer Le Corbusier