Shades of Gray
Cooler hues are heating up products for hospitality settings
For every action there is a reaction. While many designers have spent the past year embracing a vibrant palette, now more muted grays are weaving their way into the world of hospitality products—not only as an accent or background hue, but as a focal color. And with the recent $500-million-plus box office bonanza experienced by the movie version of the erotic romance novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” cooler hues are making a red-hot statement across the board.
Here are a few hospitality products that show going gray has never been so chic:
New Ravenna: Mosaics in Shades of Gray
(Ombre Chevron, a glass mosaic shown in Lavastone, Zircon and Alabaster jewel glass)
Created by Sara Baldwin, this collection comprises hand crafted mosaics made from natural stone that display hues ranging from deep charcoal Greystoke to warmer Angora and Cashmere colors. A cooler-blue spectrum of grays is represented with Lavastone, Zircon and Alabaster jewel glass.
(Aiden, a handmade mosaic shown in polished and honed Carrara and polished Thassos)
“In the materials we use, gray is never a single note,” says Baldwin. “Our natural stone and jewel glass ripple with striated color variations, creating an elegant vitality.”
(Kelp Forest, a water jet glass mosaic shown in Alabaster)
EGE: The Montgolfier Collection
Designer Adrien Alexander drew inspiration from aerial views of the African landscape as seen from a hot air balloon when designing this collection. The tufted, broadloom carpet, which was featured in Boutique Design’s June edition, features colors matched to samples acquired from nature during a trip to the continent. Consists of 100 percent regenerated Econyl yarns.
(Chemistry, a collection of interconnecting furnishings)
This collection of interconnecting benches and tables consists of a V-shaped bench, a base and three tables in square, rectangular and trapezoid shapes. When the elements are combined, their configurations create forms that evoke the look of chemical compounds.
MisuraEmme: Palo Alto
(The Palo Alto walk-in closet)
Clean-lined aesthetics and functionality define Palo Alto, a new bedroom concept designed by Gianni Borgonovo. Its walk-in closet (shown), which comes in a choice of glass or elm gray backing, incorporates an LED lighting system, holders for watches and jewelry, shoe racks, trouser hangers and transparent doors.
(The Colina collection by Lievore Altherr Molina)
Created by designer Lievore Altherr Molina, this soft yet sculptural family of armchairs is available in three sizes—small, medium and large—and can be upholstered in leather or fabric. All sizes are available in an upholstered solid base. In addition, the medium size is available with a cantilever, sled or four-leg wood base.
Chesney’s: The Materials Collection
(A bespoke bolection mantel in Arabescato Corchia)
In this collection of limited-edition mantels, the company showcases a variety of marbles, including the bespoke bolection model in Arabescato Corchia (shown).
(Aplomb concrete lights)
Inspired by the plumb-bob tool traditionally used by masons, these suspension lamps are made from concrete and are available in LED or halogen light sources. The raw, gray material references industrial design.
(The Twiggy floor lamp)
This whimsically named floor lamp, which is designed to decentralize the LED light source, is made of coated fiberglass-based composite material, transparent thermoplastic, polycarbonate, coated metal and aluminum.
The above is only a sampling of the virtually infinite shades of gray gracing new products for hospitality interiors. Find out how many cool-toned pieces you can spot in Boutique Design’s June product showroom, which featured carpet and rugs, or stay tuned for our July/August edition, which will include a section on outdoor products and furnishings.
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