How refreshing can it be? Already in 1927 Jozef Peeters created a total composition of colour surfaces in his corner flat, with a view over the River Scheldt - situated on the Gerlachkaai in Antwerp. This colour composition covers the walls and ceiling in a very particular way.
1st January 2014 saw the start of a brand new project for us: an online calendar where colour is the central theme. Every month we work on a certain colour scheme and a theme: ranging from a nursery to a kitchen, a bathroom or a colourful terrace.
I love to go on city trips. Of course, I do not mean the crowded streets with dozen of tourists and noisy squares. No, I am always looking for hidden spots and the charming piazzas where locals are sipping from their lattés, tasting organic homemade apple cake and where they picked up bargain in that special shop.
We found a nice home. Soon we will also actually live there. It will not yet be painted and it will be only partially furnished. It is more fun to live there first and to find out what you really want along the way. And there is also very little time between getting the key and moving in.
If there were a chart of the top 10 most appealing gods, then the Asian Happy Buddha would certainly occupy the No. 1 spot. With his fat belly and his laughing rounded cheeks, he exudes true happiness.
Colours, tastes and styles are different for everybody: for each professional, but certainly also for each customer. As a colour advisor you deal with these challenges on a daily basis, certainly because we are not always able to choose the styles of projects you want to realize.
1st December 1991 was a very special day for me. That day I entered the colourful world of NCS Colour. I became office manager for the new NCS branch in Brussels.
Looking around in other countries is a real source of inspiration for me. Discovering how different daily life can be, eating nice food and experiencing a different view of life. Those elements inspire me and extend my horizon.
A few months ago, DIFT asked me to write a colour advice for the new ESPOO collection. ESPOO is a Nordic design shop in Antwerp. Last year they decided to divide their catalogue into trend collections. DIFT composed 7 colour palettes and I translated them into NCS colours.
Besides fashion and trends, nature teaches us how we can use colour in a timeless way. Nature is of real significance for my job as colourist. By observing carefully, we can see how colours are presented, we can feel the movement of colours, the direct effect that colours can have on us and which messages colours can communicate.