Modern development and revitalization of the old warehouse located in Surry Hills gives us yet another wonderful example of the tendency of turning industrial buildings and neighborhoods into contemporary, bohemian spaces. This vital rust red building with its unique facade windows and strong identity presence fits perfectly into this region where artist’s studios, galleries, and creative work spaces reside. Hosting two floors of open, spacious and fill with light apartments and a ground level of commercial spaces the renovated warehouse offers minimalistic, contemporary architecture for easy going and functional living.
The designers from Smart Design Studio used entwined combinations of materials with clear – lined space arrangements – following the flow of the principal architecture and adding vast window walls they achieved openness and fresh read for the living quarters. With its generous balcony space and shining surfaces, the penthouse utilizes the natural sunlight and successfully integrates it into the interior. Incorporating the Marsala color thread from the facade into the interior color palette the designers create an ambiance with the elegant triple combination of white, black and Marsala color, thus stylishly underlining the functional modernism of the premise and its artistic face.
Color Company Pantone has selected Marsala as the color of the year for 2015. The full-bodied qualities of Marsala 18-1438 make for a grounded statement color when used on its own, and a strong accent to many other tones. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, the hue materializes the richness of a fulfilling meal while its red-brown roots emit a natural earthiness. Lee Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute describes:
’Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth. It is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home.’
How the 2015 Color of the Year was selected:
Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has been designating a color of the year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist. A color that will resonate around the world, the Pantone color of the year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer.
Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers. To distill the prevailing mood into a single hue, the Pantone team, led by executive director Lee Eiseman, combs the world looking for future design and color influences, watching out for that one color seen as ascending and building in importance through all creative sectors.
Influences can include the entertainment industry, upcoming films, art, emerging artists, travel destinations and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, lifestyles and play-styles, new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention. With each unique color shade having its own special symbolism, an additional key consideration is the emotional component and the inherent meaning of the color.