2019 Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore   Metropolitan   AF-690

Benjamin Moore

Pantone    Living Coral   16-1546

Living Coral

Sherwin Williams   Cavern Clay  SW 7701

Sherwin Williams
Cavern Clay
SW 7701

PPG Brands   Night Watch   PPG 1145-7

PPG Brands
Night Watch
PPG 1145-7


Starting off 2019 with COLOR! Above are Color of the Year (CotY) selections from four major brands, and we’re excited to see how these hues are incorporated into projects, spaces, and daily life.

Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan is a great neutral for many palettes. It’s an excellent foundation when paired with the other, brighter, colors of the year. I see Metropolitan being the sophisticated touch needed in a mostly white space. Put it together with darker charcoals, grays, and even navy for a moodier, more dramatic space. I prefer this color in matte finishes over gloss or shiny. I might need to repaint a room in my house to really experience this color 😊

Pantone’s CotY, Living Coral, intrigues me. I confess I’ve been enjoying ‘Millennial Pink’ and its derivatives over the past few years. Clothes, accessories, home décor (pillows!)… I’ve bought them all. So, I’m happy to say that I don’t see Living Coral as a replacement to the dusty rose and blush shades currently out there. Add this color to an already blush-focused palette to act as a bright spring accent, and energize your space going into summer months. I also think Living Coral will sneak into many palettes, in addition to blush.

The tone of Cavern Clay, by Sherwin Williams, became quite popular in fashion this past fall, so I’m not surprised it is a Color of the Year. While I haven’t used this in as many projects, I see it doing well as a neutral—especially paired with cool undertones like a limestone floor or bleached wood millwork. In a fabric, Cavern Clay will add wonderful warmth and cozy texture to a space.

Night Watch, from PPG, can pair with almost anything. I consider greens a neutral when arranging color for projects, and also in general. In my closet, a green jacket is as much of a neutral as a black jacket. Coupled with golds and rusty browns, Night Watch may start to feel a bit old-world (another 2019 trend), but I see it being quite modern when combined with cool whites and grays, like Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan. Given its nod to nature and the outdoors, Night Watch is a color that can do a lot—it’s an easy, rich accent to update a space, serene enough to paint an entire room, and makes as great of a dining room color as it does a bedroom, office, or bath.

Favorite Architecture & Design Books

Favorite books of NewStudio Architecture staff.

In celebration of World Architecture Day, NewStudio staff share their favorite architecture and design books. 


Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography, a book written by a friend and mentor, John Comazzi, about one of the great architectural photographers of the 20th century.

I was John’s research assistant in grad school and spent many hours transcribing interviews between him and Korab for this book. Korab himself was an architect first before becoming a photographer and the way he saw the world around him was an influence on me.

Critical Regionalism: Architecture and Identity in a Globalized World by Liane Lefaivre, has shaped my view that architecture can be both modern and forward thinking while also having a sense of, and respect for, the place in which it sits.

Ching books are great!

A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein


The Timeless Way of Building and A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander

I am reading this now and am in love with it: Styling with Salvage: Designing and Decorating with Reclaimed Materials by Joanne Palmisano. Also, Architecture and Disjunction by Bernard Tschumi.

I like Building Construction Illustrated by Francis Ching. It's a classic, and super helpful for design rules of thumb.

Touch This Earth Lightly by Glen Murcutt


Katsura: Tradition and creation of Japanese architecture by Kenzo Tange 

Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas

Building Construction Illustrated by Francis Ching

Informal by Cecil Balmond

Matte Black Faucets

Bold. Sleek. Distinct. There is a matte black faucet to fit your lifestyle. The different texture will create a contrast and enhance the design. Add woods, crisp whites, marble, tiles, or rugs to help your matte black faucet stand out.

Here are a few of our favorites for your kitchen and bathroom.

Abroad in Barcelona

Having been previously told that studying abroad is something I should not pass up, I was somewhat prepared for the adventure that awaited me. Whether I actually comprehended the degree to which this opportunity would affect me is another story. Dunwoody College of Technology’s first ever study-abroad program: Spring 2018. Ten students. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Sagrada Familia,  Antoni Gaudí’s best known and final project. Begun in 1882 and projected to be completed in 2026.

Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s best known and final project. Begun in 1882 and projected to be completed in 2026.

Barcelona could not be a better place for studying architecture. The city has layers upon layers of unique architectural beauty. From the 1st century Roman ruins in the Barrio Gotic to the new contemporary revival happening in Poblenou’s 22@ district, Barcelona is a living history of architecture and design. Of course, one cannot mention architecture and design in Barcelona without mentioning the Modernisme movement. The works and influence of Montaner, Cadafalch, Jujol, and of course Gaudí are seen at almost every turn throughout the city.

By Antoni Gaudí in 1904, the best known paving tile ( panot  in Catalan) in Barcelona.

By Antoni Gaudí in 1904, the best known paving tile (panot in Catalan) in Barcelona.

Even in the shadows of these iconic projects, there is still thoughtfulness and detail everywhere. The tiles that you walk on, to the handles on the doors and the lampposts that light your path; everything designed and all connected by the grid of chamfered-corner blocks that Ildefons Cerdà designed in the 19th century. The thoughtfulness put into everything in this city will continually amaze me.

There is something to be said about fully immersing yourself in a culture and the benefits that come along with it. Although my classmates and I were studying in English every day, everything we were doing was centralized around the Catalan culture of Barcelona. Living as a resident and becoming as close as I did to the everyday life of this city helped me to see the other side of Barcelona, the one I didn't get to observe from books and the internet when I was back home.

Santa Caterina Market, a rehabilitation of an original market in El Born by EMBT.

Santa Caterina Market, a rehabilitation of an original market in El Born by EMBT.

I personally can see changes in myself, and ways that I have grown since I first arrived in Barcelona. My comfort level when interacting with people there grew exponentially and has only become greater since arriving home. The trip not only broadened my worldview and taught me to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations, but it taught me more things about us as a human race. It has connected me to a different culture and a different people and helped me to see the similarities that we all have. I am truly convinced that the experiences I was able to have will only help me to become a better student, professional, family member, and overall, a better person.

Architecture Toolbox: BIM

Put simply, architecture requires the ability to visualize the big picture while also understanding the many smaller, moving parts. We’re tasked with coordinating the various pieces and stakeholders involved and translating those needs into a successful, built project. Depending on the scope of a project, that coordination can become a very significant part of the architect’s work.

Aerial view of Devon Yard under construction. Image courtesy of Blue Rock Construction.

Aerial view of Devon Yard under construction. Image courtesy of Blue Rock Construction.

Devon Yard, one of our current projects, is a lifestyle center under construction in Devon, Pennsylvania.  It consists of three independent buildings and several tenants: retailers Anthropologie and Terrain, restaurants Terrain Café and Amis Trattoria, as well as an event center, Gardens at Terrain. This development is the first of its kind for the parent company, Urban Outfitters, and has required substantial teamwork and years of planning to reach this point.

As construction is ongoing, we communicate daily with the construction team to provide additional information and troubleshoot issues in the field. And, due to the project’s size and complexity, always relying on a traditional set of two dimensional drawings can be slow and cumbersome. Fortunately, we model our projects in BIM (building information management) software.

Three-dimensional section view from Revit, the BIM software used by NewStudio.

Three-dimensional section view from Revit, the BIM software used by NewStudio.

In addition to producing a traditional set of construction documents, BIM provides a three-dimensional model of what we’ve drawn. We can then link our model to BIM models provided by other disciplines, such as structural and mechanical engineering, and create a comprehensive model of the building that allows us to visualize how all the components fit together in three-dimensional space. This allows us to see potential conflicts during the design process and adjust accordingly, but it also comes in handy when a construction team member calls for clarification on how a specific area or component should look. We can move through the model, cut sections, show or hide specific elements, and view aspects of the building that might be extremely difficult to communicate in two-dimensions. 

We’re fortunate to work with a great team of professionals and lucky to have modern software tools that help us save time, solve problems, and meet the client’s needs.