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Classic Blue: 2020 Pantone Color of the Year

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Pantone's selection of Classic Blue as the 2020 Color of the Year portends well for modern design, which has long embraced blue for its soothing elegance.

Statement Blue Sofas

"Instilling calm, confidence, and connection...Classic Blue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation ..."

When Pantone announced its selection of Classic Blue as the 2020 Color of the Year, modern design enthusiasts raised no eyebrows. Blue, in all its guises, has long been a staple of contemporary design, lending an interior scheme both moody gravitas and soothing elegance. Designer brands have presented an abundance of blue sofa options for the stylish modern interior—from the perfectly-proportioned Gus* Carmel Sofa, above, to the impeccably tailored Oslo Sofa from MENU, and the plush velvet Bacharach Sofa from Jonathan Adler—comprising a range of beautiful blue designs suitable to both casual and formal interior compositions.  

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Beautiful Blue Accents

"...Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity."

A touch of blue has the ability to catch the eye immediately—evidenced by MENU Bottle Grinders, above, available in more than one comely shade of blue, and a welcome monochromatic presence in kitchen or dining room. The best-selling Muuto Restore Round Basket makes a statement in any shade, but looks especially dramatic in deep Midnight Blue. New arrival, Blomus Ovalo Low Vase, has a sumptuously rounded silhouette that beguiles, with our without flowers to complement its moody blue glass form, while the Ferm Living Dark Blue Vista Blanket offers up a soft and cozy antidote to the winter blues.

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Plush Blue Rugs

"...Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit..."

The floor is the show when a blue modern rug is involved. Case in point is the Nanimarquina Jie Rug by Neri & Hu, above, its bands of intricate patterns rendered in radiant blue, hand-tufted New Zealand wool. GAN Rugs' recent releases include the award-winning Ply Rectangle Rug, a collaboration with Spanish design studio MUT, that features a pattern of tightly woven white loops against a brilliant blue hand tufted backdrop. The Surya Cosmopolitan Round Rug, which features an all-over pattern of flowers in shades of blue, offers a perfect circle of blooms, while the popular Gus* Element Rug elevates any interior with its composition of overlapping blue blocks.

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Patterned Blue Wallpaper

"Non-aggressive and easily relatable...Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction."

An immersive blue experience awaits with Ferm Living's Moon Wallpaper, above, its planetary sweetness ideal for kids' rooms, sure to propel them to reach for the stars. Graham & Brown's Aqueous Geo Wallpaper is a gorgeous symphony of overlapping circles, rendered in cobalt blue and metallic slivers, designed to wow in living room, hallway or guest room. Merenda Wallpaper's Galaxia Wallpaper is a heavenly way to turn a bare wall into a star-studded, tile-like surface of moody blue textures, while Tempaper's collaboration with Bobby Berk has yielded the striking, navy blue Check You Out Wallpaper, a cool and contemporary take on traditional plaid.

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Brilliant Blue Pendant Lamps

"Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts."

An illuminating case for blue pendant lighting is illustrated in lighting designs by major brands like Foscarini, GUBI and Arteriors, among others. The GUBI Multi-Lite Pendant, above, a reprisal of a 1970's design, brings a beguiling vintage presence to any modern setting, while the LZF Link Pendant, offers an eye-catching twist to suspension lighting with its blue-hued wood veneers. The Foscarini Twice as Twiggy Pendant, available in a suite of handsome colors, unfailingly produces atmospheric light from its dramatic indigo diffuser, and Currey & Company and Arteriors have their own take on the blues with the graphically beautiful Graduation and Wilson Pendants.

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Moody Blue Tables

"A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience."

Blue has found its way into recent contemporary tables by Ferm Living, Moooi and Fermob, to name a few leading brands. The Ferm Living Podia Oval Table, above, carries undeniable presence, its slatted ash veneer base and refined oval profile cutting a solidly dramatic silhouette. The Moooi Elements Side Table, a sculptural Jaime Hayon design, is a glossy fiberglass concoction that complements matte furnishings beautifully. Fermob's Cocotte Side Table is light and versatile enough to segue from indoors into the wild blue yonder in one easy carry, while the Louie Dining Table by Bend Goods brings unexpected color to the modern pedestal dining table.

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