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2019 Pantone Color of the Year - Living Coral

Brintons Americas discusses weaving Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, into lively wool-rich Axminster patterns.

Pantone defines Living Coral as a warm and nourishing shade of orange. With an air of optimistic energy, Living Coral promotes human connection and pushes us to reflect on our current environmental status. In our natural world, Living Coral brings to mind ideal underwater landscapes and bountiful life-providing botanicals.

In commercial carpet, we see Living Coral, or Brintons Pom #25-2510 (D21), popping up in the abstract line work of loose lay Axminster rugs, used in textural layers to update traditional patterns, and splattered boldly across dynamic graphic elements.

With carpet being the largest unifying element in the interior, a hue as saturated as Living Coral can quickly overpower a design and throw off the balance. However, in extremely high-traffic areas like convention centers where the energy of the color is synonymous to the energy of the space, designers may flood the floor with this saturated hue in an analogous scheme instead of only using it for highlight and contrast.

While Living Coral can be intimidating in application, we encourage creatives to be daring and not shy away from using bold color in flooring!

Las Vegas based designer, Sam Hoeffer, shares her insight on using her favorite pom in the box. “I’ve found that our #25-2510 (D21) is a popular choice amongst our Hawaiian based designers. It’s especially successful when anchored in a sea of vibrant blues.”

Our Pantone poms match, 25-2510 (D21), is one of over 500 standard 80% wool 20% nylon blend poms available to designers.

We also proudly manage one of the largest pattern archives in the industry, much of which is digitally archived and available to be customized on Design Studio Online (DSO). Login to your account, search through the archive, and get inspired by color.

How would you use Living Coral in a carpet pattern? Let us know by tagging us with your colorful creations on Instagram (@brintonsamericas)!

BDNY Recap

On November 11th and 12th, hospitality design professionals gathered at New York City's Javits Center for Boutique Design's annual trade fair.

Located in a corner lot at the front of the trade show, the Brintons booth (#1020) was an experience that highlighted our unique manufacturing process and celebrated the creative basis of Brintons designs.

Brintons latest collection, Materialize by Stacy Garcia, was launched at the fair and served as the perfect inspiration for the design of booth #1020. Featuring natural wood grain textures, subtle metallic finishes, and bold bursts of primary color, the Brintons booth earned the honor of being a finalist for best exhibit out of 114 other flooring and carpet vendors.

To visually demonstrate Brintons' place as a manufacturing and design pioneer within the industry, Brintons wool and other products were also showcased in the booth. Brintons blended, spun, and dyed yarn created the wall covering in half the booth, and accompanied designs from the Brintons Self-Expression Project and the 100% wool cut and loop Wilton collection.

Saturated color, natural surfaces, and the contrast of geometric and organic elements were the common thread among exhibitors at BDNY this year. We expect that these features will continue to inform the industry.

Has the Brintons booth captured you attention? Contact your local sales rep here, we'd love to discuss design trends and learn about your upcoming projects!

Introducing Capsule | Ready-to-Weave collection

Capsule… shortened but retaining the essence of the original.

This exciting design collection invites customers with projects less than 1000sqm to enjoy the bespoke Axminster service, previously limited to larger projects.

Hundreds of designs, all production ready, are waiting to be individually coloured using our twelve colour Capsule colour bank.

The Capsule collection boasts over 190 design options covering a broad range of aesthetics, including patterns from our collaborations with designers Timorous Beasties, Stacy Garcia and Studio Elke.

Woven in Brintons 80% wool, 20% nylon yarn blend, carpets from the Capsule collection offer customers the ultimate combination of performance, longevity and comfort underfoot.

To create your Capsule custom woven carpet visit Brintons Design Studio Online www.brintonsdso.com

Inktober Roundup

In 2009 the rules were simple – make one drawing, in ink, for every day of October. Almost one decade later, what began as an exercise in positive drawing habits for creator and artist Jake Parker, has morphed into a global phenomenon with every-expanding ways to approach and interpret the Inktober challenge.

Prompts are provided each day, some are in a spooky spirit, such as “Spell” or “Drooling”, while others are more irreverent, like “Chicken”. Ultimately, the decision to use the prompts as inspiration is up to the Inktober participant, as is the medium, and how much color is used in the piece.

We’ve rounded up the Brintons Designers’ Inktober pieces and discussed how a daily creative challenge influences their work in the axminster world.

Designer Agnieszka Wojtal created primarily figurative work, utilizing contour lines to create movement within her subject’s luxurious hair. Similar line work can also be found in designer Sam Hoeffer’s Inktober pieces, referencing the line and hatch textures that often add dimension in carpet.

Terrien Hale, designer, did not shy away from color in her work, creating abstract landscapes that might be reworked into a gaming design.

When asked about the Inktober challenge, Kathryn 'Katie' Nehrbauer, designer, stated that drawing on a computer versus paper is always an adjustment, “At first it was a challenge since I've spent so many years drawing on a computer. Things you can easily do on a computer, like erase your work instantly, is not possible when you are drawing on paper with permanent ink. It took a little while for me to get comfortable, but after I few drawings I began to really enjoy it”.

Katie also found some similarities between working in ink and designing for carpet, “I think that with any artistic process, your mind runs on instinct. For me, I had textile design in the back of my mind the entire time. I found myself thinking, ‘Wow, this could be a great rug design’. I also noticed that I approached drawing in a similar way as designing carpet. We design carpet in layers that build upon each other to create a final look. I started each drawing with light marks to outline my basic shapes and then layered different size pens to create the detail and definition that I wanted.” Katie stuck with a black and white color palette, something that rare in carpet design, but found she became more and more comfortable with the limited scheme.

Inktober presents an opportunity for creatives to explore and expand their thinking – Brintons designers can’t wait until next year!

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