Community, sustainability and a global cultural fusion, which draw on the past in a technology-driven present, were combined to inspire the Future Tribes theme in 2014.
Gone were the days of beige and white walls with 2014 Colour Forecast paying homage to vibrant and saturated colours in its “Future Tribes” palette trends: the Digital Nomads, Retro Visionaries, Precious Elementals and Romantic Spirits. While no single colour dominated, copper and other metallics such as gold and brass were popular. The overarching theme was about colour combinations.
The Digital Nomads palette drew on the global fusion of tribal aesthetics resulting in an eclectic mix borrowed from many nations.
This extravagant and exotic collection of colours such as Smoked Amethyst, Hot Chillie and Saturn Spirit was inspired by cultures such as Morocco and India, which thrive on colour and energy, pattern and vibrancy. The Digital Nomads palette allowed you to travel the world without leaving home. It drew from differing cultures and the result is clashing colours.
This quirky and energetic palette looked to the future while drawing on the past. The Retro Visionaries palette combined bright, vivid colours with softer, pastel versions of primary colours.
The palette was shaped by the 1950s and heavily influenced by birth of digital culture in the '70s, ’80s and ’90s. Inspirations included the design movements of the 1980s, block shapes, curved forms, graffiti, digital art and white spaces laden with colour. The future looked bright with the retro vibe of this palette in colours such as Mahora and Stella.
With its focus on the impact that civilisation has on our earth, the Precious Elementals were inspired by minerals, natural stones and geographical formations, such as seascapes and mountains.
Mineral and metal colours – such as copper, silver and bronze – modernised pastels and soft greys were prominent in this palette. It borrows from crystals and ice formations, gems, stones and the natural patina of rust, concrete and petrified wood. It sought to reconnect with our natural world in colours such as Antarctica Lake, Pipe Clay and Gardenia Frost Design Pearl.
The Romantic Spirits reminisced a time back to the expressive and decorative periods of Deco, Baroque and the 16th and 17th centuries.
The palettes of master painters and dim light of the past influenced the colours and mood: dark and dreamy, reflective and deep. This ornate and opulent palette sought ways to incorporate romance, nostalgia and new antiquities into a contemporary world dominated by technology. Patinas of the past were brought into the present in colours such as Mayor Island, Stellar Glow Metallic and Punga Cove.
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