Lately I have been in love with Hermes orange, and then I realized it could be considered a festive as well because it’s also the colour of tangerines which you only get at Christmas!
The following is mostly from Leatrice Eisman’s book All About Colour:
‘Did you know there was no word for orange in Europe until the fruit arrived? Oranges became known as the fruit of the gods, of emperors and kings.
Eventually orange was impressively integrated into fine art available only to a privileged society and finally to the masses when oranges were imported.’
‘The mid 20th century the popularity of orange dropped among the elite as the color was adapted not for fine dining but in fast food restaurants. But the 90’s saw a ‘rebirth’ of orange in the high fashion world, there was also the explosion of more vibrant color, including orange, in industrial design and consumer products.’
‘Because orange is closely associated to red from which it comes, vibrant orange is a very physical, high-visibility colour, calling for attention. And because of it’s connection to sunny yellow, orange is seen as friendlier and more approachable, less aggressive than red—a gregarious, fun-loving hue.’
‘Many of the names attached to various shades of orange are also the names of foods, tangerine, nectarine, pumpkins and persimmons!’
Hermes and Tiffanys are the two signature colours that are the most famous! I read that a customer bought a set of Hermes china just so they could display the boxes around the house!
What a fabulous staircase this is with the accent orange stripe added next to the molding!
‘There is no better example of the use of orange than the mesmerizing fascination it holds in attracting the human eye than in a tropical sunset or the crackling embers of a fire on a cold winter night.’
‘Orange may not be everyone’s favourite colour but the need to observe and experience it’s warmth is inescapable!’
Orange trivia from Color: Messages and Meanings.
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