Pantone Color of The Year 2018

Pantone, the color matching giant, announced their Color of the Year 2018:  Ultra Violet 18-3838.

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

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Per the Pantone announcement:

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.”

2018 COTY (Color Of The Year) Announcement

It started a decade ago with Pantone, the color matching giant, announcing a go to color for the upcoming year.   Since then, major paint manufacturers have presented their own choice for color of the year. 

So, with 2018 just around the corner, announcements are being made for the year’s up and coming colors.

Sherwin Williams recently announced “Oceanside” (SW 6496) as their choice for the color of 2018.  “A collision of rich blue and jewel-toned green, Oceanside is universal when it comes to design style from mid-century modern to Mediterranean-inspired, traditional to contemporary”, according to Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin Williams. 

  

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NewStudio was ahead of the curve on this one.  Interior designer, Coco Dugan Early, specified a deep blue green for the front door of a Deephaven residence remodel.  Inspired by the tones found in Lake Minnetonka, the color ties the house’s nautical theme to the deep tones of lake on which it sits.

Burgum Residence Photo Credit:  Peter VondeLinde

Burgum Residence Photo Credit:  Peter VondeLinde

Benjamin Moore announced “Caliente” (AF-290) as their choice for the color of 2018.  Caliente, a deep red, is described by Ellen O’Neill of Benjamin Moore as “the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door.  The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”

Photo Credit:  Benjamin Moore                        Look for Caliente to make an appearance in an upcoming NewStudio project!

Photo Credit:  Benjamin Moore                        Look for Caliente to make an appearance in an upcoming NewStudio project!

PPG brand paints revealed “Black Flame” (1043-7) as their 2018 color of the year.  “Black Flame acts like a black curtain, allowing your other design elements to take center stage.  It’s a fantastic blend of black and navy, tow classic hues”, according to PPG’s press release. 

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We are anxiously awaiting Pantone’s reveal of COTY 2018!

Melissa Martyr Wagner | Century College Foundation Board of Directors

NewStudio's own Melissa Martyr-Wagner has been named to the Century College Foundation 2017-18 Board of Directors, serving a two-year term for the nonprofit organization based in White Bear Lake, MN. She is currently the director of operations at NewStudio. Previously, Melissa founded and served as chairperson of the Lakes International Language Academy Foundation in Forest Lake. She holds an M.S. in Professional Studies in Higher Education and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, both from Iowa State University.

“My passion for education makes serving on the Century College Foundation a true honor,” said Melissa. “Century College is a significant asset in this community and offers outstanding opportunities in higher education programming. I’m excited to join the board of directors to help to strengthen Century College and celebrate its 50th anniversary year.”

We're proud to see team members like Melissa applying their experience and diverse skill sets to positively influence the community around us. After dedicating years of time and effort to building LILA, Melissa continues to work towards improving the quality of education in our community through her board position with the Century College Foundation. 

To learn more about Melissa, check out her Bio on the NSA website HERE.

Taste Williamsburg/Greenpoint - Brooklyn

Meanwhile, over at Brooklyn NSA and under an early Fall, blue sky Sunday afternoon overlooking the East River, Jon Mark and Chris (Moy) attended Taste Williamsburg / Greenpoint. Arranged by the The Firehouse and North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Taste Williamsburg / Greenpoint is an outdoor event that allows a cornucopia of local Brooklyn restaurants, bars, breweries, wine makers and hospitality venues and fine beverage vendors showcase their talents offering savory food tastings and delicious quenching elixirs, while the festive sounds of local DJs and various musical ensembles fill the air. Major Hospitality players like the William Vale Hotel and Williamsburg Hotel where on hand boasting their highly acclaimed restaurants Leuca and Harvey (respectively), while other local favorites such as Le Gamin, The Meatball Shop and Jon Mark’s favorite (for its “best chicken fried steak") Brooklyn Star were also on hand. Chris was particularly fond of the insanely good watermelon mojito island frozen pops! Yum! 😊

Brooklyn Brewery!!

Brooklyn Brewery!!

Live music

Live music

Live... recorded music?

Live... recorded music?

#hereforthescotch 

#hereforthescotch 

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#OnlyInMN - Sights, sounds and smells of the Minnesota State Fair

For twelve days at the end of every summer, the entire state of Minnesota (and part of western Wisconsin) congregates in St Paul, at the Great Minnesota Get Together, a.k.a. - The Minnesota State Fair.

Here at NSA, we have a number of fanatical fair goers, who never miss this annual event. Everyone has their favorite foods, exhibits, and rides at the Mighty Midway. Here are a few shots from Melissa's 2017 trip to the Fair.

More Minnesotan than outdoor hockey... almost.

More Minnesotan than outdoor hockey... almost.

Corn Art... which is, exactly what it sounds like. Art made of corn.

Corn Art... which is, exactly what it sounds like. Art made of corn.

Beautiful handmade goods from the International Bazar.

Beautiful handmade goods from the International Bazar.

In the extremely competitive (no joke!) world of food competitions, our friend and bookkeeper, Anne Miller won 1st prize in her category! Congrats Anne!!

In the extremely competitive (no joke!) world of food competitions, our friend and bookkeeper, Anne Miller won 1st prize in her category! Congrats Anne!!

The fair closes after Labor Day. So if you haven't been, take the time this weekend and visit one of our state's finest treasures! Get yourself a Pronto Pup, and some Mini Donuts.... and Beer-gharita to wash it down.

7 Interior Spaces that Inspire Me

As a recently hired Interiors Intern at NewStudio Architecture, I have found inspiration within many projects, assignments, and learning experiences at our firm. So, I decided to share some interior environments of different styles that peak my interest.

 

Bohemian Dream

This “jungalicious” sitting area’s vibrant wallpaper, organic forms, and textures appeal to me and motivate me to create spaces that cannot be duplicated.

Source: @thejungalow and @apartmentf15

 

Sea, Shore, and Porcelain Tile

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This beachy atmosphere’s unique, shell-like tile creates a statement no guest will forget.

Source: http://www.lafabbrica.it/en/collections/kauri-2

 

Inviting Elegance

With this exceptional space’s focus on incorporating colors from the artwork into other aspects of the room, such as the pillows and the rug, it creates an aesthetically pleasing environment.

Source: thedecorista.com

 

Brick on Brick

Franklin Place demonstrates the beauty of adaptive reuse within a modern space by choosing to have exposed brick within their living room.

Source: onefinestay.com

 

Fresh Farmhouse

 

From the chair to the walls to the curtains to the plants, this environment creates a refreshing and calm mood by using different tones of white.

Source: Nina Hendrick Design Co.

 

Indoor? Outdoor?

Eve Gunson’s breathtaking abode is one for the books. Her living room’s cross between indoor and outdoor terrains forms a new consciousness for the people within the space.

Source: http://www.adoremagazine.com/home-tours-1/innercityoasis