Josef Albers, You’re My Hero

Thu, Jan 28, 2010

Design for $100, Featured

By Heather J. Paper

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by color. Don’t even ask how often I repainted my room while growing up; the walls changed almost as frequently as the seasons. Once I enrolled in college, I took as many color courses as I could find. And to this day, I distinctly remember when I was introduced to Josef Albers’ color theory. While my friends’ rock stars tended to be musical types, mine was Josef Albers.

Josef Albers While Albers was best known for his geometric paintings, he applied the same precision and logic to furniture while serving as director of the Bauhaus workshop. And one of his creations, this scrumptious set of nesting tables (available at www.momastore.org), is high on my wish list. These may have been designed early in the last century but they still have a cutting-edge modern look in this one. This was a man ahead of his time.

I’d love these tables in any palette, but I’m particularly drawn to them because they incorporate my go-tonesting tables hue—blue. Denim blue, robin’s egg blue, you name it. But at the top of my list is turquoise. So naturally my interest was piqued when Pantone recently announced their PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise as the 2010 color of the year.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute (and one of Seattle’s own, thank you very much), turquoise “is a color of deep compassion and healing…inspired by water and sky. Turquoise represents an escape to many, taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, pantoneeven if only a fantasy.” I don’t know about you, but I’m instantly transported to the Caribbean every time I see this color. Not a bad place to be, even if it’s only in my mind’s eye. (Bonus: There’s no airfare involved, not to mention those nasty baggage fees.)

House of Turquoise

As it turns out, I have much in common with one of Miscelaney’s fave bloggers. Erin, at House of Turquoise, and I are of like minds—completely obsessed with the color. Her site is loaded with inspirational images that take their cue from the hue. Case in point: Does this turquoise-laced bedroom designed by Elizabeth Dinkel ooze serenity or what? What’s more, Erin provides a link to her shopping blog, called Everything Turquoise. For me, it might as well be called “Danger Zone.”

If Josef Albers only knew what he started.

Design by Elizabeth Dinkel, Photo Courtesy House of Turquoise

Heather Paper is a freelance writer/editor who specializes in all subjects design-related. A contributing writer for Miscelaney, she’s a dog-lovin’, wine-slurpin’ resident of Atlanta who considers Seattle her second home.


2 Responses to “Josef Albers, You’re My Hero”

  1. Nikki says:

    I’m loving that turquoise is the COLOR of the YEAR. So cool.

  2. Mary says:

    I’m a fan, too…love the nesting tables!

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