Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cute Paint Job

Here's a cute paint job in the streets of Amsterdam.
The 'box' next to the door houses telephone wires. You see them all over town. But generally they are plain grey. I guess the owner of this house didn't like the grey much...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Guggenheim Colors

I'm not sure what to make of the Guggenheim Colors by Fine Paints of Europe. It looks like a finely tuned color fandeck that may provide you with some inspiration. But what to do with 'the perfect wall colors to complement the celebrated collection of modern art', if you don't have the same walls, nor the same collection? The Guggenheim Museum, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, is a very specific space, with very specific light and shape. There's just no way that the same colors will yield the same result in your living room.
Yet, if you cut through the smoke and mirrors, this may be a nice tool for inspiration. Just don't expect these colors to do exactly the same for you as they did for the Guggenheim.

Friday, October 14, 2011

100,000 year old paint factory in Africa

Deep in an southern African cave, researchers uncovered the remains of a paint factory that appears to date back 100,000 years. The cave artisans used stones for punding and grinding. Ocher was mixed with mammal fat and charcoal to form a red substance. The paint was then stirred and liquified in large abalone shells with a bone spatula.
Archeologists say that this workshop is one of the earliest examples yet of Homo Sapiens processing ocher, one of the first pigments in wide use. The early humans may have applied the paint to their skin for protection or decoration. Perhaps it was their way to make artisitic statements.
The finding is of special importance because it shows how early humans had begun thinking like us. Scientists call it a "benchmark in the evolution of complex human cognition."
I had never thought that a paint factory would mark the beginning of modern humanity. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

AkzoNobel brands brought under the banner of Let's Colour

AkzoNobel announced that pretty much all their consumer paint brands will go under the banner of 'Let's Colour' from now on. This is a bold move, considering that individual brands tend to form little kingdoms within the larger corporations. Quite a few little kings will be dismayed. 
It's also a bold move because it risks throwing away a lot of the consumer awareness and goodwill that the old brands built over the years. But Tex Gunning, the man in charge of AkzoNobel's multi billion dollar decorative coatings business, may well be right: "By delivering a consistent brand image around the world, we can increase our global scale and establish more leadership positions." It takes a bold man to make such a bold move. 
I'm not surprised though. I met Tex the other day, when we sat down to exchange ideas. He's a highly unusual figure in the top of the corporate world. He's open to new ideas and isn't shy of following his own course, even it goes against the stream. It takes a man like Tex Gunning to allow for a campaign such as 'Let's Colour'. I mean: which corporate leader in his right mind would allow thousands of cans of paint be wasted on old factory buildings and depressing housing projects? He did. While managing to generate a huge amount of exposure and goodwill in the process.
Good for you, Tex. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Colorchats, the new BM weblog

Benjamin Moore has a new weblog, colorchats. Go check it out. Some decent blogposts till now. Though the BM bloggers should try stop peddling silly corporate marketing bullplop such as 'full spectrum colors'. Come on guys, we're grown ups here…

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Color Daily

Go check this out. The color daily is a webpage which gathers daily color news. I'm not sure how useful this is, but the idea is sure cool.