Posts Tagged ‘2010’

Olympic Design

As we reflect on the accomplishments of our Canadian Athlete and Para-Athletes over the last month, we should also look at the accomplishments of our Canadian Designers who created the 2010 image.  Canadian design begins with Omer Arbel’s architectural design of the Medals, their unique curvature representing the peaks and valleys of the Rocky Mountains. Holding them was like running your fingers over a cool smooth worry stone pulled from the bottom of a mountain stream.  The art work (by First Nation Artists Corinne Hunt) used on the pieces reflects the BC aesthetic, while the uniqueness of each medal (no two are alike) reflects Canada’s unique social fabric.Holding an Olympic Silver Medal.

The colour of the games also reflects today’s trendy colours; sea blue (i.e. Yosemite Blue 2059-40) and spring green (i.e. Rosemary Green 2029-30). We’ve seen these fresh colours used in fashion for the last few years and thus invading home design as well. For more ideas on how to incorporate these colours into your home, pick up Envision Colour 2010, Benjamin Moore’s annual colour forecast brochure from your local Benjamin Moore Store.IA_color_of_the_year_436x199

The other star colour of the games was red (i.e. Rapture CC-66), as our patriotic pride spilled into our wardrobes.  Although I feel that style-wise, Russia’s Athletic Apparel was more on trend than Canada’s 70′s/80′s hybrid track suits. The paisley pattern on the Russian jackets can be seen in the trendiest wallpaper and fabric patterns (for idea’s and examples check out Design by Colour: Red from Blue Mountain Wallcoverings).red

I think the best lesson we can learn from the design of the games is that inspiration for our homes can come from anywhere.

by Stacey Severs