• The Colour of Hope: The Blue Edit

    By Oliver Burns

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April 16, 2020|Luxury Design

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  • olour authority Pantone unveiled Classic Blue as their Colour of the Year for 2020. One of the strongest hues within the colour psychology spectrum, blue instils a sense of calm and is associated with loyalty, security and trust. In solidarity with the NHS and all the incredible work they do to save lives, we have collated a sensory edit of our favourite blue-hued places, objects and technology to introduce a sense of calm and serenity during this time.

Sight: Ravello, Italy

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Although we are restricted to armchair travel at the moment, we are still looking to our favourite travel destinations for design inspiration. Ravello on the Amalfi Coast in Italy instantly conjures up shades of blue with its endless expanse of sky and sea.

The Mediterranean hues of the Tyrrhenian Seas inspired the colour palette behind our Family Residence. Shades of midnight blue, sea foam and silver grey are weaved throughout the design scheme to create a tranquil and stylish space that evokes all of the charm of Italy but from the comfort of home.

Touch: Lisou Blue Heart Silk Scarf

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Crafted from 100% silk, we love this vintage inspired scarf by London-based designer Lisou, which celebrates the iconic NHS colours of deep blue and white.

20% of profits from purchases are donated towards the Covid-19 Support Fund, a charity that the Royal College of Nursing Foundation have established to provide support to frontline nursing staff, midwives and support workers during the crisis.

Taste: Bar Palladio, Jaipur

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Named after the Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio, Bar Palladio in Jaipur is a fascinating fusion of east and west. An ode to Italian cuisine, the highly decorative interiors reference Mughal architecture and the design of traditional Havelis through its domed doorways and delicate ornamentation.

Inspired by Chhavi Niwas (or the ‘Blue Room’) a series of private rooms designed to enjoy the monsoon rains within Jaipur’s opulent City Palace, this stylish dining spot in the heart of the Pink City celebrates the joyful impact of another vibrant colour: blue. We look forward to returning to India, as well as other favourite travel destinations, to help support the tourism industry as it emerges from the pandemic.

Hear: Spotify Covid-19 Music Relief Project

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Music has always had uplifting benefits, but now this is more apparent than ever as we look to our favourite songs for inspiration and motivation. With many tours and festival appearances cancelled worldwide, Spotfiy have launched the Covid-19 Music Relief Project to help support creative professionals in the music industry impacted by the crisis.

A combined effort with charity partners Help Musicians and the PRS Foundation, as well as recording academy MusiCares, Spotify have pledged to match donations up to $10 million. Spotify have also donated to the World Health Organisation and made ad space on the app available to governments, non-profits and health and safety public announcements.

Smell: Diptyque Impossible Boutiques, Do San

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French fragrance house, diptyque have collaborated with digital floral artist, Bas Meeuws, to create a limited edition collection reimagining their iconic floral fragrances. Each perfume has been re-interpreted in the form of modern still lifes to reveal hidden details in the scent.

Do Son was inspired by Yves Coueslant, one of diptyque’s founders, memories of childhood summers spent in Indochina. Notes of spicy and heady Tuberose form the heart of the floral arrangement, while a shell and a vivid blue backdrop reference the aquatic notes of marine accord. We love fragrance for the evocative effect it has, transporting you on a journey to a time and place beyond the present.


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