color block it:
It's only fair, right? We should talk about orange, since we were just discussing yellow.
The thing is, orange wasn't always in my life. When I was a kid yellow was non-existent in our home since it was considered to be the color of envy, and orange? Well, it wasn't serious. We had a very "serious" home.
I've never really played color favorites, though I certainly have gone through phases. Now, I just love working with all colors as long as I figure out how to make them work in the design story I'm trying to tell for my clients, or in my products.
One of the reasons I have a soft spot in my heart for orange, is that when we launched angelo:HOME everyone told me to NOT to use orange. I had it in my Harlow arm chair, my nesting ottomans, my Crawford sofa, and many other pieces I was introducing. Everyone from the furniture reps to the manufacturers strongly suggested we stick with brown. "A new, Angelo brown" they said. Why did they want me to get in the furniture business? I had resisted for years because I didn't want to put out, just another chair. There had to be something else, and for me it was just as much about color as my mantra that style doesn't have to cost a lot. Everyone should be in on it (design) AND they should have color! Lots of it. I felt there was no reason for me to even exist in the marketplace, if all it needed was more brown. They had that covered pretty well.
The angeloHOME Harlow arm chair in orange (mango floral, to be exact) was our first sell out. Our six months worth of inventory went in two weeks.
Don't get me wrong, I love brown. I use it often, but it needs a color friend.
Orange is here to stay. -angelo