In previous posts we've mused on how designers explore the power of the well chosen color. (See green, purple, turquoise, red, white, pink, orange, and yellow; And sundry other colors here, here, here, and here.)
Here, let's look at the power of color mash-ups.
As always, art begins with nature: She is the ultimate master of mixing and modulating. As Her deadlines can be long, epochs to eons, we can only assume She knows what She is doing. Her colors aren't chosen carelessly.
Although, sometimes, going against nature can have its merits.
Along with Dorothy Draper, British designer David Hicks was the master of the multi-color mash-up. (Two examples of his work below.)
This Vivienne Westwood sweater from 1976 goes for a quieter effect.
Three brightly-colored and lofty sleeping chambers designed for kids framed in gold.
A succulent mash-up...
It was the Swingin' Sixties (the mileau David Hicks was so famous for) when bright colors really exploded; It was a brilliant reaction to the off-whites, eggshells, beiges, grays, and various other faded tones of the fifties.
Psychedelia loved color, giving birth to the black light poster and DayGlo. Eventually, radiant colors would find their way into the mainstream, but at its start, it was radical.
A Richard Avedon solarized portrait of George from 1967, above; psychedelic master Rick Griffin's work from the same year, below.
Cy Twombly, who passed away recently, was a painter better known for a muted fifties type of palette: But that would change.
Ubiquitious in the sixties was the work of American artist, designer, and entrepreneur Vera Neumann. Taking her inspirations from the era's graphics she created an empire of linen designs that would eventually make their way onto household linens, fashion, and even Kleenex boxes.
A dress of her design:
And bedding: Her sheets were everywhere. This example, though, is actually a quilt constructed of her scarves.
Below, a police parking garage residing between Main and 4th in Santa Monica.
The palettes of candy and clowns find new life.
Yes, the rose is real: Color is injected into its stem to be carried by the plant's own circulation system. The result is tinted petals.