Hey there! I’ve been trying to get in three blog posts a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and a weekend post – and I’ve been doing pretty well – until today! I did want to do a quick post on a talk I went to today at The Boston Design Center.
Ode to Color, a stunning anthology by renowned and award-winning textile and wallcovering designer Lori Weitzner, principal of Lori Weitzner Design, Inc., offers an immersive, sensual, and engaging journey in the world of color as it applies to culture, design, mood, and memory. Each of the ten chapters in this richly illustrated volume presents a distinct color world through an intimate and often kaleidoscopic perspective, a compilation of the numerous—and often shifting—associations and emotions we assign to a color or group of colors.
Each chapter combines diverse imagery—evocative fine art and photography, environmental interiors, details of Weitzner’s gorgeous designs as well as her sketches and watercolors—with excerpts from literature and her own essays on a wide array of topics relating to the palette. The result is a fully sensory conveyance of each palette’s particular power as well as a consideration of its tangible and intangible connections, from its place in religion, pop culture, and commerce to the impact it has upon our decision making, our moods, and our tastes.
In addition to Lori, the talk included Marisa Gutmacher, Executive Design Director of Samuel and Sons, makers of fine passementerie for over 75 years. The moderator was Gail Ravgiala, editor of Design New England Magazine.
The big takeaway from Lori is this:
Don’t follow trends. Ask yourself: what does color do for you?
Just because everyone is painting their houses gray doesn’t mean everyone should. Trendy is just that and nothing more. Perhaps you work at home and gray may be too blah to keep you motivated. Perhaps you have a stressful job and want to come home to a relaxing, warm environment. Selecting color should be about what we need – what resonates with us, not what everyone else has on their walls.
So, interestingly, Lori has an online QUIZ that she spent 6 months creating with the help of a psychologist.
What’s My Color Personality?
I took the test and got the following two results:
So, color me surprised. I usually stick with greens and pinks. And yet – I have a rose gold iPhone and a collection of copper. And I like brown wood furniture. Interesting… very interesting.
What’s Your Color Personality?
I haven’t read the book Ode to Color in full yet, but have perused different sections and am really looking forward to diving in. Meanwhile, take Lori’s Quiz and let me know if you’re as surprised as I am!