in her book colorjournalist Victoria Finlay attempts to unravel the mysteries of color. Mrs.It has long been cherished by the emperors of China, and for even longer it has been one of the best-kept secrets in the history of the Asian country. According to the author, a set of pottery of that color was included in a hidden inventory of 874 AD discovered in the 1980s, making it the biggest archaeological discovery in China in the last century, second only to the discovery of the Terracotta Warriors. It is said that it became. But the great mystery that the British author tackles in his book is not so much the object’s hidden location, but rather the fact that this dull brownish-green hue was extremely unfathomable to the empire’s most powerful and extravagant people. It has to do with understanding why something had value that it didn’t have.
Far from the opulence of emerald green, the brightness of jade, or the bluish tones of turquoise or aquamarine, we are now witnessing an aesthetic phenomenon in which shades of green are as different as each other. Mrs. It has now taken over the interiors of modern homes, judging by the decorating trendsetters and social media profiles showcasing the latest interior designs.
There are many examples. Palo Alto, Calif., interior designer Lairi Clasen decided to contrast the light wood textures of the home with the calming, soothing greens of the kitchen and bathrooms. San Francisco interior design studio Modtage injects a retro spirit into a bathroom in San Anselmo, California, where green tiles coexist with dark wood shelving and create a contrast with intentional white seams. The Brooklyn kitchen, designed by decorating duo Brownstone Boys, also mixes in greens, white accents, and dark wood, but also introduces a subdued gray-white terrazzo countertop. meanwhile, SSSEdit, designer Sarah Sherman Samuel’s magazine featuring interior decorating inspiration, highlights a kitchen designed by Studio Bright that features a strong overall olive green cast. And in Europe, Poland’s Finch Studio designed his kitchen and living room in Krakow with tiled walls in a near sage green, ceiling lights in flower pots, and the iconic Togo His sofa in a muted light blue. Immersed in her 1970s style aesthetic.
Sage green blended with grayish hues will be one of the colors of 2023, according to the annual interior design trends report published by the website Apartment Therapy, based on the predictions of 78 experts in the field. It’s a schedule. Terracotta pink and maroon. But if you explore interior decoration trends through the profiles of various architecture and interior design studios and specialized press outlets, you can also come across more intense versions of this matte green. In the bedroom set designed by Emily Wasal for Joybird Store, the creative director uses the green color of the walls to interpret the space through the furniture. She describes the hue as Basque green, resembling the leaves of an oak tree, the species to which the Guernica tree, a symbol of freedom in Spain’s Basque region, belongs (the color also appears on the Basque flag). Masu).
Of course, the fact that these green shades are named after plants and trees such as sage, olive, and oak is more a result than a coincidence. This is a trend that involves a reinterpretation of the interior design aesthetic that reigned supreme in the 1970s. Now, it’s more relevant than ever. In fact, the reason for the return of the straight lines and textures of the 1970s is closely related to what has been featured with the rise of a soothing green palette as the backdrop for 2023 homes.
Already in the 1970s, the walls of the most modern and well-endowed houses were covered with wooden slats. Plants with the most jungle-like look crept into the interior space, adding greenery to the palette and providing a lush landscape from the windows. This was a trend that also responded to the hippie aesthetic, flower power, and color overload of the psychedelia era. It created a calculated measure of aesthetic calm that would have a huge impact in the decades that followed, and as trends cycled, it occasionally became a safe place to return to in times of crisis. Perhaps the year in which temperatures reached record highs and fires ravaged Earth’s vegetation and atmosphere represented a state of crisis that (with good reason) also manifested itself in the aesthetics of objects, design, and spaces. . The climate emergency may be turning the deep green color of the treetops into a coveted commodity, accessible only to a privileged few.
in her book Losing Eden Author and journalist Lucy Jones says that in general, people from lower socio-economic status groups and racial and ethnic minorities tend to have less access to parks than their white, more affluent counterparts. writes. “Evidence suggests that vulnerable people spend less time in natural areas. In towns and cities, disadvantaged areas have fewer parks than disadvantaged areas. Children living in disadvantaged areas have fewer parks. “They are nine times less likely to have access to nature through green spaces and play areas than children in affluent areas who also have a kitchen garden,” she explains. The longing for contact with nature, or simply the possibility of accessing it, may therefore have become a distinct human desire that, like many other desires, can be detected as a tendency. In other words, the color becomes a bitter substitute for its desired contact.
In the end, that was the conclusion Finlay reached during his research during his visit to Firmen, China. The secret behind the much-loved emperor’s greenery was that when she first saw it, she was very disappointed because it was a dull brownish green, but the greenery was the only thing missing in the palace grounds, viz. It had the ability to evoke the greenery covered in trees. landscape. Perhaps something similar happens, as the journalist writes in her excellent essay, at the heart of humans’ disconnection from the ecosystems to which they belong.
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