Pantone, the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards for the design industry, announced PANTONE® 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, as the colour of the year for 2012. ‘The 2011 colour of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward,’ says Pantone. ‘This colour was very prominent in the 60’s, and even 70’s,’ says DECO Editor Laureen Rossouw (see Eero Saarinen in his Tulip Chair, above). ‘It’s bold, extremely confident, and very relevant right now.’ We’ve paired the colour of the moment with two bright complimentary shades, matched with two other prominent chair designs from the 60’s and 70’s. It’s the palette of the moment’, says Laureen. Have a look…

Apple Green in the form of Achille Castiglioni and his Allunaggio/Moon Landing Chair (above), and purple in the form of Verner Panton and his Sitting Wheel (below).

Pantone’s colour of the year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at their selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for colour influences. For more than a decade, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colours include Honeysuckle (2011), Turquoise (2010), Mimosa (2009), and Blue Iris (2008).