Bentu Features in Dulux's 2018 Colour Forecast
The annual Dulux Colour Forecast explores the cultural trends that will help shape design choices for the year ahead. If the latest predictions are accurate, 2018 looks set to be the year for greater balance – and the timing sounds perfect to us.
The annual Dulux Colour Forecast has been mapping interior trends for almost two decades. Led by Dulux colour and communications manager Andrea Lucena-Orr, the team scours the globe for hints of what lies ahead and take cues from events such as Milan Design Week and the Salone Del Mobile furniture fair to gather further insights.
These trend predictions are then brought to life by the creative director of the Dulux Colour Forecast, Bree Leech. Bree produces and styles images that reflect the trends and three of our designs from Guangzhou-based experimental design studio Bentu are featured this year.
Dulux Colour Forecast 2018 includes four key palettes – ‘Kinship’, ‘Essential’, ‘Escapade’ and ‘Reflect’ - that share an overarching theme of ‘balance’.
The ‘Kinship’ trend draws inspiration from diverse folklores and serves as a calming antidote to the political turmoil that has occupied the media in recent times. It features earthy tones, neutral hues and soft shades of grey.
The ‘Essential’ trend is inspired by the minimalist movement and ‘Hygge’, a word that made the finals of the 2016 Oxford Dictionary ‘Word of the Year’ and roughly translates from Danish to mean ‘coziness’. The palette references natural materials, imperfect finishes and raw forms.
Bentu’s Dian pendant lights were featured in the ‘Essential’ palette of the Colour Forecast. Made from recycled concrete, their rounded edges and rough-hewn texture emphasise the beauty of natural imperfections. Each pendant can be used in singular form, a linear arrangement or, as in the case of the Dulux shoot, in a chandelier form of multiple pendants.
Bentu’s Bai side table also helped illustrate the ‘Essential’ palette. It’s characterised by a floating powder-coated steel table top, which is suspended by an offset supporting stem and grounded by a heavy recycled concrete base. It is available in three sizes and three table top colours – red, white and black.
Next up from the Dulux Colour Forecast is the ‘Escapade’ trend, which serves as a stark contrast to the ‘Essential’ palette. It’s all about bold colours inspired by tropical getaways and 1980s style. Bentu’s Tu pendant helped illustrate the trend. Made from recycled concrete terrazzo with a textured surface finish, it has a minimal yet vibrant character. Available in red or black, its natural variance makes each pendant unique and worthy of celebration.
The final trend, ‘Reflect’, references a moody palette that draws on classic design periods of the 1950s with a hint of glamour from the ‘70s. It features succulent greens and warm shades of pink that create a sense of understated luxury.
Balance is the overarching theme in the latest Dulux Colour Forecast and our beautifully balanced designs from Bentu are a perfect way to illustrate the concept.
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