Colour story


September, 2018

Furniture trends influence our sector: we will find out how much they have changed from the 1980’s to the present.

After plastic made its way into furnishing in the ‘60s, colour entered the homes of Italians and really left its mark during the ‘70s, taking over every space and element. Even bathrooms, in which white ceramics, technical elements with chrome finishes and mainly neutral decorations had predominated until that moment, changed in appearance. Starting from the pop style of the ‘60s and passing through the natural colours of the ‘70s, they arrived at the cheerful and lively tones of the ‘80s.

It was precisely during this decade that Nobili unleashed its wide range of finishes, perfecting first the liquid coating process and then the powdered finish process. Chrome, 18k Gold, 24k Gold, Black Gold, Copper, Bronze, White, Black, Red, Yellow, Green, Champagne beige, Mocha, Gray, Blending Sand and Blending Sand with an opaque finish: the Nobili tap collection had found new life. Ceramics changed as well, both for sanitary appliances and for creative coverings: the bathroom became the liveliest, most colourful room of the house. In the meantime, the choice of coloured furnishings and accessories, now seen as greatly contributing to the energy to the house, multiplied. Yellow, orange and red give a sense of vitality that is particularly appreciated by people who feel the cold or who are phlegmatic or slightly depressed. Those who are more agitated or prone to nervousness, on the other hand, prefer blue, green, light pink or white tones.

After reaching its peak in the ‘70s and’ 80s, this wave of colour faded into minimalism in the early ‘90s. Tap fittings, to all intents and purposes, entered the world of Industrial Design with a capital D. Stylistic attention now moved to the shape of the mixer; the new finishes created to accompany the classic chrome were also the result of technological advancement. Satin, gold and even copper surfaces began to be available. The term «chromotherapy» was used more and more: colour is vibration and radiant energy just like sound, and the frequency of the different colours comes into contact with the frequency of the body, influencing even blood circulation. Interior design, as well as the oriental conception of Feng Shui, is based on the combination of colours and their consequences on mood and «psychological» factors. Colour moved into lighting, especially in the shower area, to strengthening the culture of well-being through colour therapy.

The first fifteen years of the new Millennium will be remembered for a proliferation of unusually-shaped and highly exclusive taps: on the one hand, great international designers were commissioned by companies in the sector to create «prêt-à-porter» collections of an object that almost seemed to have lost its primary function; on the other, technological research and corporate investments focused on the big issues of sustainability and water saving. The evolution of nano technologies has led to new range of finishes: taps began to show unusual and very elegant combinations like bronze and gold, platinum and gold, and even precious stones.

Today, taps are one of the central stylistic elements of any bathroom and kitchen project, distinguishing both the wellness space and the functional area. Just as ceramics have definitively won a charisma of their own, becoming an essential part of interior design and architecture through a quest for quality and style. As the natural continuation of the path traced in the ‘80s, the Nobili range is now available in various finishes, skilfully combined with design collections to enhance their style and personality and ranging from colder, hi-tec tones to more welcoming and industrial ones. This stylistic attention is also reflected in kitchen taps, where the high functionality of their design vision brings them ever closer to the professional form, imposing mixers used by the great television chefs. Finishes feature subtle nuances, resulting in products that blend harmoniously with furnishings and the presence of stones, mineral resins, fenix or more classic and country surfaces for the creation of coherent and balanced environments that express an overview.