Colour – According to Pantone® Classic Blue is the Color of the Year 2020. The wannabe trendy hue is so common that humans have been using it pretty much everywhere and anytime, from cave paintings to medieval coat of arms as well as for the Nasa and Facebook logos. But true creatives always make a step further. We have collected 7 Classic Blue atypical design and architectural projects truly empowering the infamous (?) nuance with an out-of-the-box attitude.
Smelling, tasting and ‘feeling’ blue
For the launch the Bolt from the Blue juice by fresh smoothies company innocence, Bompass & Parr have created the blue-ming brilliant temporary Definitely Blue Café in London. Guests could not only drink blue juice and eat blue food, but also experienced the smell, sound and sights of blue. From entering the café, they were taken on a journey through a blue tinted world. From hearing what blue really sounds like in the Bolt from the Blue phone booth, to discovering the true scent of blue through sensory artwork and finishing with the intriguing ‘Wall of Blue-riosity’.
Projecting blue lightscapes to raise awareness on climate change
Artist, innovator and climate change activist Daan Roosegaarde is touring the world with its Waterlicht project. The blue lightcape installation combines LEDs and lenses to project an ever changing virtual flood, influenced by wind and rain… to raise awareness on rising sea level threatening cities around the world. “WATERLICHT is an inspiration for the future.” Says Daan Roosegaarde. “Should we build floating cities, how much power can we generate from the movement of water? Experience the vulnerability and the power of living with water.”
What if we could wear the weather?
Aliki van Der Kruijs has created a collection of textiles “made by rain”. The Dutch artist and designer developed a technique she calls pluviagraphy which allows to capture raindrops in ink and create a unique patterns documenting the design of a rainfall on a specific date, time and place.
Dyeing marble blue like counterfeit diamonds
Buzao infiltrates marble with a highly saturated blue colour in the Dyeing Marble collection. The Chinese emerging brand borrowed the open secret – and counterfeit process – of the gemstone industry that consists in using chemical dyes to add value to precious minerals. The collection suggests an invasion of figurative artificial symbols into the material’s classical and natural imagery.
Russian suprematism-inspired monochromatic bar in Moscow
Russian studio Monoloko Design redesigned the Galaxy Bar and Bottle Shop located in a neoclassic building in Moscow. A bright classic blue monochrome interior frames marble geometric forms. Reflecting the ideology of Kazimir Malevich, Monoloko combined the 75 sq.m space’s monochrome color scheme with the fundamental principles of Suprematism, an abstract art movement dedicated to pure artistic feeling and basic geometric forms. Read more
Tokyo Blue, Blade-runner style
In Tokyo “you might have an idea where you are, but no idea ‘when’ you are,” said Tom Blachford to Archipanic. The Australian photographer has explored Tokyo’s Blade Runner-style architecture portraying iconic buildings by Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kirosawa and more. The nocturnal photo-essay captures the neon-lit and human-free urbanscape is SciFi shades of blue. Read more…
Naples’ aquatic underground metro station
Catalan architect Oscar Tusquets Blanca has covered the floors and walls of Naples Toledo metro station in varying shades of blue Bisazza Mosaics, offering the feeling of being underwater with its ocean ambiance. The immense crater that connects the level of the square above with the great lobby 38 metres below. The project is part of the city’s metro art station circuit which hosts a series of installations by artists including William Wentridge, Bob Wilson and Achille Cevoli.