Hidey-ho, color fans. Time to crack open the Wunderkammer and explore the latest and most brilliant finds, like these dazzling CMYK-style earrings by Daisuke Motogi for Japanese design retailer massitem.com. (Hat tip to Design Boom and Proto-JP Tumblr for unearthing this.) Shake the translucent acrylic discs to create your own blurring, gorgeous rainbow. Now I ask you: why has this never existed before now?
While we’re out color shopping, can someone pick me up one of these? It’s called Geometry Stamp Set, designed by German design firm Present and Correct back in the 1970s. It could not be more simple or lovely, and you can buy ‘em here.
Several news stories of note to color fans lately. First, we all know by now that white smoke signals the moment when the cardinals have chosen a new pope. What many don’t know is the fate of the papal red shoes, which Benedict XVI (aka Joseph Ratzinger) will have to give up for good.
On the science beat, we’re finally resurrecting the rainbow of insect colors from fossilized remains, Wired reports. Meanwhile, The New York Times celebrated Pantone’s recent half-century anniversary with a magazine item, Who Made That Pantone Chip? (We’ve talked Pantone numerous times for Print. This early Imprint post recaps their early forays into a color-as-product strategy.)
We have two delicious color events, both at Recess Art in Soho, for your amusement: one just past, and one you can still attend. Artist Rutherford Chang has collected over 650 first pressings of the Beatles’ White Album. His exhibit at Recess put them all on blindingly white display, creating what appears to have been a strangely moving experience of time, loss, and contemplation. To get a flavor of the artist’s thinking, check out this Q&A with records blog Dust & Grooves.
You can still catch “Seeing Voice: The Seven-Tone Color Spectrum” if you head to Recess on Friday 3/15 or Saturday 3/16. This series takes the bold premise of initiating lectures without any audible voices. I can’t describe this deliciously odd event better than the artists do themselves on the event program:
“For the final iteration… Isaac Newton’s alignment of the color wheel and the octave will serve as a point of departure for conversations that do not privilege audible voice. Each of the seven presenters is assigned a particular color/note. Some presenters will use their assigned color/note as a place to begin research while others will focus on topics in and around individual voice. Each presenter will engage his or her own specific interests and varied backgrounds. Coming from a variety of disciplines, presenters will offer research-based lectures that critically engage the notion of transmuted, embodied voice. They will employ projected images, laptops, tablets, the physical body, and other communicative tools that do not require their vocal chords.”
Fantastic, right? (Bonus: if you want to learn more about the many weird, not-exactly-correct ways color wheels have represented the rainbow in the past, check out my 3-part blog series on the history of color wheels.)
Hats off yet again to Josh Rutner, my most dogged and gloriously creative color-fan, who tipped me off to many of the finds contained in this post. Buy his latest jazz album already! With great taste like his, you’ll be sure to enjoy it.