ROYGBIV By David Chronister

crayons 2As a floor merchandiser in retail, a budding artist and a future designer, color has always really affected me. Whenever I meet someone new, enter a new room or go shopping color effects my mood toward each experience.  Tons of research has gone into color theory, what effects consumer behavior the most, affects in negative way, even what genders prefer different tones and shades. Color is a personal experience, what may mean happy or nostalgic to me may be different to you, but research shows that no matter the preconceived notion you may have toward ROYGBIV, similarities in the energy toward certain colors are universal.ROYRed, Orange and Yellow tend to stimulate the brain, GBIV or Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet, tend to suppress, detract from moods and spaces.

( Viahttp://www.functionalcolor.com/healthcare/room-by-room/exam-and-treatment/consultation-and-meeting-rooms/)

( Viahttp://www.functionalcolor.com/healthcare/room-by-room/exam-and-treatment/consultation-and-meeting-rooms/)

Color for business practice can be efficient or a failure depending on the color scheme attributed to a space, for functionality above is a medical exam room with three basic colors, a light tan, teal and rosy pink, non-distracting for obstetrics and gynecology clients, but if it were a room  used for cardiac medicine you might go for less stimulation and more calming:

Color effects some more than others, in the next couple weeks I’m going to be doing a deeper study of each color in ROYGBIV and share some personal opinions on color and cultural references and styles.

Some other known tricks of design include, never paint a bedroom a stimulating color, gear it towards soft tones and shades, if you want to make a room feel bigger go with brighter colors, darker tones seem to condense. If your trying to eat less don’t choose a stimulating palette for your kitchen and dining areas, avoid warm colors(ROY) and shoot for cool colors(GBIV)

“Researchers found that up to 90% of snap judgments made about products can be based on color alone.When it comes to picking the “right” color, research has found that predicting consumer reaction to color appropriateness in relation to the product is far more important than the individual color itself.(depending on the product via //www.helpscout.net/blog/psychology-of-color/ and http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htmarticleid=1558119&show=abstract) see also colors and preferences here: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2235253)

(Via //www.helpscout.net/blog/psychology-of-color/)

(Via //www.helpscout.net/blog/psychology-of-color/)

 

 

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Light Magic By David Chronister

brightwoods_090710_01-940x1410 brightwoods_090710_04-200x200 brightwoods_090710_08-940x782 brightwoods_090710_09-940x780 brightwoods_090710_07-940x802As we enter the dark half of the year, as the daylight gets shorter it always makes me think of one thing, LIGHT. Above is an example of the extraordinary power of light.These limited edition of 120 stools and 60 coffee tables are made from wood and resin with an integrated LED light. By Italian designer Giancarlo Zema,  they have created the Bright Woods collection for the Avanzini Group. Breath taking in its simplicity, yet it infuses the newest technology and crafts-manship, the power that a touch of magic simple lights can add is enormous.(http://www.giancarlozema.com/) see also (http://www.contemporist.com/2010/07/09/bright-woods-collection-by-giancarlo-zema-for-avanzini-group/)

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British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. With a background in lighting manufacturing and well known for his art installations, above you see them as a backdrop set within botanical gardens, but not to be overlooked are his stand alone sculptures and one of kind commissioned art pieces–

Beach Without Sand, 2002

Beach Without Sand, 2002

Gnasher’s Big Raspberry, 2008

Gnasher’s Big Raspberry, 2008

Rapunzel’s Tower, 2006

Rapunzel’s Tower, 2006

Puff, 2002

Puff, 2002

Of the origins of the work Munro says: “During the Easter holiday of 1997 my family and I were invited to stay at a beautiful Oliver Messel beachside home in Barbados. On the first night we arrived I had an unforgettable dream. It was about a building. I could not see where the light came from; it just came softly through the walls. I had a great inner sense of peace and unity; feelings of such clarity, which remain with me today.The moment I woke, I knew this was a building not just for me but for everyone: a space that could unite people, a space to simply practice Metta Bhavana, nothing more. It was about drawing light back into the world, both literally and spiritually”.(to see more of Bruce’s projects and light magic go to: http://www.brucemunro.co.uk/)

Lights when used strategically can add small touches of magic, here are some used in bedrooms(from:http://www.examiner.com/article/50-bedrooms-decorated-with-christmas-lights  see also:http://www.examiner.com/interior-decorating-in-san-diego/lori-smith,)

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

Bedroom Holiday Lights

Bedroom Holiday Lights

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Perhaps the most used light magic is for someones most magical day–WEDDINGS! Maybe its the most obvious use, but its effect is undeniable-string them outdoors, wrap them in ethereal toule, let them symbolize dreams, hope,peace– find some light magic for yourself, especially as we move into the darker times of the year–David Chronister

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U2, Morocco and its Mysterious ways By David Chronister

courtesy of 'http://www.picstopin.com/u2 mysterious ways

courtesy of ‘http://www.picstopin.com/u2 mysterious ways

“Johnny take a walk
With your sister the moon
Let her pale light in
To fill up your room
You’ve been living underground
Eating from a can
You’ve been running away
From what you don’t understand
Love…”– U2 ‘Mysterious Ways’

From their 1991 Album Achtung Baby, and the opening track of a lesser known T.V., (TNT was the network), adaption of one of my favorite comic books, Witchblade, I remember hearing this music and the eerie chill of its lyrics, both saying something & not say anything in particular. I looked up the track–track 8*–(I was 14 at the time) and discovered the album, the mesmerising video and  that it had been shot in… Morocco.

Morrocco is one of North Africa’s  most westerely countries. Known for such beautiful and populace dense cities like, Casablanca, Rabat-Sale’ and Fes. The art and cultural beauty is so unique and enchanting.From it’s Bazaar’s(outdoormarket’s), Tiles, unique architecture-Casbah’s,It being on the edge of the Mediterranean makes it a cultural Hub since the 14th century.Here is some examples of the atmosphere that is created by the culture:

 

 

I even found some inspiring bathroom designs, Take a second to place yourself in each, these interiors are vibrant and soothing to me, how about you?@ http://www.digsdigs.com/eastern-luxury-48-inspiring-moroccan-bathrooms/

 

 

 

http://www.digsdigs.com/eastern-luxury-48-inspiring-moroccan-bathrooms/

http://www.digsdigs.com/eastern-luxury-48-inspiring-moroccan-bathrooms/

http://www.digsdigs.com/eastern-luxury-48-inspiring-moroccan-bathrooms/(I love the deep green, the candle fixture that really contrasts the stable color with yellow-ness of the candle’s aura-Dcbydc) 

http://www.digsdigs.com/eastern-luxury-48-inspiring-moroccan-bathrooms/

 

http://www.digsdigs.com/eastern-luxury-48-inspiring-moroccan-bathrooms/

(My favorite,The Beautiful deep purple and the shock of fuschia laquer accents, along with the  silhouette of the windows. Low lighting, yet still well lit–Dcbydc) http://www.digsdigs.com/eastern-luxury-48-inspiring-moroccan-bathrooms/

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I hope you are inspired by Moroccon Culture as the world’s designers, artists and craftsman have been for centuries.

“One day you’ll look back
And when you see
Where you were held 
How by this love
While you could stand there
You could move on this moment
Follow this feeling”