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Friday, October 5, 2012

An Affair With Orange

Orange is one of those sneakily seductive colours. You don't notice it right away, which is strange because it's extroverted enough. But it does take a while to recognise it between all the hoopla that black, white, red, cobalt, hot pink and even yellow make. Orange is like the quiet wit of the colour party. It waits until there's a suitable pause in the conversation, and then says something so clever, or funny, or just plain charming, you wonder why you hadn't noticed it before.

2012 has been a big year for orange. Trend forecaster and colour experts Pantone nominated Tangerine Tango as the Colour of the Year For 2012. Tangerine, they said, would be the colour to watch. And it was. In fact, many of us fell in love (or back in love) with the vivacious, summery shade of ripe mandarines. {Above image via Luella}

We're now winding down the year, and Pantone is making new predictions for 2013, one of which is that Art Deco-inspired shades will become very big; a trend inspired, perhaps, by The Great Gatsby. So here, to send tangerine out in style, is a tribute to this year's unexpected hit.

So long orange. We had a great time.

Wishing you all a fun-filled weekend.

"Orange is the happiest colour." 
Frank Sinatra

170 East 78th Street, New York. {Via Curbed}

J Crew's new collection.


Iris Upfel's apartment. As elegant as the woman herself.

Jessica Lange, looking radiant at the Emmy Awards recently. {Hollywood Reporter}

Fabric from Black & Spiro's design studio. {Via Absolutely Beautiful Things}

A spread from Vogue China. {Via Dustjacket Attic}

A Hermès beach pareo.

A design from Artiga fabrics in France. 
(Their canvas fabrics make great deckchairs, drapes and chaise covers. They're fabrics for those who have grown tired of Les Toiles des Soleil.)

A cover-up from the beautiful Balinese fashion label Mist, widely available in Australia.

A rug design from The New York Rug Company.

A rug design from Madeline Weinrib.

Barefoot style in India. {Via Mist}

A pair of Mandarina dancing shoes.

Marimekko's New York store. Gorgeous window merchandising. This was an entire dinner party created from fabric. Just extraordinary.


  1. Luscious pictures all:) Iris Upfel's apartment is a wonderland!

  2. I am growing to love orange more and more... and it is because of posts like this. Beautiful. A-M xx

  3. 1968 new house, dad said I could choose my carpet.

    'Burnt Orange'. To this day my sister talks about how it THROBBED.

    All I remember is happy. Walls were stark white, furniture white, lite fixture Still hanging, but painted white now.

    Bedding was custom. Orange silk damask of course.

    My favorite oranges are from the Milan, Italy areas now.

    Orange is so hard to use in the landscape.

    But, one client (she is Dutch/he is Irish) have done a good orange on their adirondack chairs.

    XO T

  4. how does one find this mandarina website? their shoes are gorgeous! i would just love to have a peek. xo

  5. Iris' flat is a wonderland in the true sense of the word. She doesn't follow trends.. just her own heart.. a true original.

    Although, I'm an an orange lover and always will be, I am still thinking about a true midnight blue bangle made of anodised aluminium. It was at those Melbourne markets where everything is made by locals. I never covet dark blue ..really extraordinary.. must be your influence. Idiot me for not buying it

    Talking of houses have a look at Steven Meisel's in Architectural Digest. I do like it alot.


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