Splashes of Hue
"Colors are like words," Italian architect Ettore Sottsass once said. "With colors you can tell stories... Architecture is made of color. Even those who don't want to use color must use it in the end. It's fundamental." Acknowledging the colorful work of Sottsass and others in architecture and interior design, the paint company Benjamin Moore & Co. presented its second annual "HUE Awards" in late September 2006.
Carl Minchew, Benjamin Moore's director of color technology, summed up the array of award recipients as "professionals of vision and talent who have helped make the environments of our daily lives not only a little more colorful, but a little more pleasurable and a lot more memorable. They have effectively harnessed the power of color and fearlessly applied it. Some have used it in generous doses, and others with deliberate restraint."
"Restraint" might not be the first word you'd think of for 89-year-old Sottsass, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. His 65-year career has overseen the exuberant coloring of ceramics, furniture, consumer products, and architecture. From a bright red Olivetti typewriter in 1969 to his more recent whimsically colored houses in the United States, he and the Milan-based collaborative Memphis have livened the modern landscape.
The Wolf House in Ridgeway, Colorado, for instance, displays startlingly bold primary colors. The Olabuenaga House in Maui, Hawaii features blocks of red, yellow, and green delineating individual rooms. Despite the obvious contrasts, the houses maintain a sense of visual balance.
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The Wolf House, by Italian architect Ettore Sottsass, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Benjamin Moore & Co.
Photo: Santi Caleca
The Wolf House by Ettore Sottsass.
Photo: Santi Caleca
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