Text by Benjamin Reynaert, Gabrielle Pilotti Langdon, and Mel Studach, Architectural Digest
When a colour starts to grace everything from happening hotel lobbies to performance fabrics, we pay attention. This season, the hue of the moment is turmeric, which made a strong showing at the Paris design shows and continues to pop up in new tableware, furniture, and accessories collections.
The Rectory Lounge of New Orleans’s Hôtel Peter & Paul, an 1860s church turned boutique inn debuted by design studio ASH NYC last fall, is a sight to be seen. But the communal retreat, outfitted in custom gingham fabrics and 18th- and 19th-century European antiques, becomes ever more enchanting come checkout time, when the amber of the early afternoon sun hits the lounge’s monochromatic turmeric palette.
Recently, Élitis showcased the jubilant hue during Paris Déco Off with Toison d’Or, a sumptuous mohair, and the Lontano collection’s performance-level Eclairage aux Flambaux in the French fabric and wall coverings house's Paris showroom. Maison & Object designer of the year honoree Sebastian Herkner flaunted turmeric's powdery richness with his Marrakech-inspired architectural tiles for Kaufmann Keramik, and French fashion label Jacquemus brought turmeric to light in its spring/summer 2019 collection, unveiling scarves and pantsuits in the colorway during Paris Fashion Week. The trending shade boasts notes of warmth and bitterness; it can be invitingly playful in small doses, yet is rich enough to create a dramatic tonal statement in an interior.
Incorporate the hue with Ferrick Mason’s clay-coated Saffron wallpaper, designed by artist Alex K. Mason and digitally printed in Kentucky. For harder-working spaces, SABA Tile Company’s Hex 3 in Honey & Snow brings a muted palette to the durability of cement tile. Astier de Villatte scores extra credit with its Robusto Mechanical pencil, available at Jayson Home. And designer Michaël Verheyden highlights Calacatta marble’s turmeric veining with the Cube vase, while Cecilia Pirani’s 100 percent plastic String Bag in caramel for Palorosa confirms the colour’s all-season appeal.
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