Plascon will be showcasing its 2012 Colour Forecast ‘Endless Possibility’ at Decorex Durban, the popular décor, design and home living event that will take place 21 to 25 March at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Four of South Africa’s top decorators and designers – Michele Throssell from Ballito, Koop Design and the Shaw Sisters from Durban, Ruth Duke from Durban, and Laurence Brick from Cape Town – will each be interpreting a different one of the four Plascon colour palettes from its 2012 Forecast in a concept stand at the exhibition.
Plascon’s 2012 colour trends, defined as: Memory, Expression, Mystery and Origins, are a reflection of our current social climate, echoing the mood of society and highlighting contemporary needs and aspirations. Developed under the overarching theme of Endless Possibility, Plascon’s 2012 Colour Forecast presents an inspiring collection of colours.
Michele Throssell, working with the Memory palette, is designing a romantic bedroom scheme with contrasting ultra-modern designer elements. “The use of colour is coming back after a long neutral phase. This shows that people are generally becoming braver to experiment and express themselves, rather than sticking to or following what others are doing,” she says.
Richard Stretton of Koop, part of the Koop/Shaw Sisters team working with the Origins palette, says, “We decided to create an outdoor room – a space of simple luxury for reading and hanging out and a space to pot and nurture plants. The Origins palette suggests a soulful and meditative space, creating sanctuaries for interiors. This is balanced by strong and bold colours that add opportunities for contrast and personal expression.”
Ruth Duke, interpreting the Mystery palette, says, “I will be playing with the new fresh colour options that amplify and invigorate – the new purple and violet hues, and the revival of the old classic deep cypress green. The Mystery palette is great and workable because it is grounded by the classic neutrals of khaki/camel and soft grey.”
Laurence Brick, inspired by the Expressions palette, says, “We have designed a modern, playful and practical work station. The strong sense of energy and celebration of this palette is interpreted through the use of bold ‘Oceanos blue’ and ‘Evasive white’ stripes on the walls, Union Jack-covered ottomans in red and white and Scandinavian-style plywood furniture from Raw Studios washed in ‘Baked Earth orange’.
“Plascon’s 2012 Colour Forecast stimulates, soothes, energises and lifts our spirits, homes and work spaces. Colour is a simple way to turn a blank canvas into a sophisticated space,” he adds.
Decorex Durban general manager Cairey Slater says, “We expect the Plascon concept stand will be very popular at the exhibition, presenting the combination of some of South Africa’s most creative minds with the trend-setting colour palette for 2012.”
As well as Decorex Durban, the Decorex SA portfolio will stage exhibitions in Cape Town (26 to 29 April 2012) and Johannesburg (8 to 12 August 2012). Decorex Durban is sponsored by Plascon.