Block Party: Contract Trend

Block Party: Contract Trend

After emerging on the catwalks in 2009, color-blocking has remained a popular trend for both fashion and interiors. In the contract environment, designs with simple forms that pair bold solid hues together are a great way of injecting vibrancy into otherwise neutral spaces.

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Float by Karim Rashid for Sancal: Last year Spanish brand Sancal introduced Float by Karim Rashid; a contemporary couch with a high back and slim floating seat that offers a little privacy in open spaces. Neutral colors are set off by small but vibrant touches of color on the headrest and cushions.

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Shift by Scholten & Baijings for Pastoe: Dutch designers Scholten & Baijngs’ Shift collection for Utrecht-based brand Pastoe demonstrates the design duo’s expertise when it comes to use of color. The minimalist cabinet designs feature acrylate sliding doors with either solid painted color or digitally printed gradient color on their reverse. Shift is available in six standard ‘Designers’ Choice’ color combinations, as well as in basic lacquer colors from the Pastoe collection.

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Lifeguard by Donghia: This vibrant outdoor fabric by Donghia forms part the brand’s beach-inspired Playa Collection. Woven from Sunbrella yarns into a sturdy ribbed construction, Lifeguard’s blocks of saturated color evoke the traditional design of Espadrille shoes.

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Midi Colors by Lagranga for Sistema Midi: Barcelona-based studio Lagranja Design created this line of colorful tables, cabinets and shelves for Spanish design brand Sistema Midi last year. The colored aluminum frames and melamine doors, drawers and shelves can be mixed and matched to brighten up any contract environment.

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TWB by Raw Edges for Cappellini: The TWB collection of stools and benches by London-based studio Raw Edges for Cappellini are made from natural ash wood veneer that has been filled with expanding foam. The technique produces one-of-a-kind pieces with an unusual crumpled appearance. The colored strip at the base of the stool is available in green, iron grey, cherry-red and China-blue.

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