Enter 2022 with Very Peri, a brand new shade from Pantone designed to inspire creativity, joy and courage in transformative times.
Sunday 19 December, 2021
The Kings and Queens of colour at Pantone have announced that the Colour of the Year for 2022 is PANTONE 17-3938, a.k.a. Very Peri. Described as “a new Pantone colour whose courageous presence encourages personal inventiveness and creativity”, Very Peri offers a colour for the times we are living in, inspiring us to embrace our creative spirit and the new possibilities that 2022 stands to offer.
For the first time in the history of their influential colour forecasts, Pantone have created an entirely new shade. The resultant Very Peri is a combination of periwinkle blue and violet red, said to unite the constancy of blue with the spirit of red. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, explains that creating a new colour for the first time in the history of the colour programme, “reflects the global innovation and transformation taking place.” This new shade is a symbol of the global zeitgeist. It captures our altering and unstable experience of reality, as both intense periods of isolation and the ever-advancing digital realm contribute to one of the fastest periods of transformation in the modern age.
Browse the curated selection of artworks below and shop our edit to harness the power of Very Peri in your home and unleash the sense of joy and dynamism that this colour kindles within.
10 artworks to help you live out your lilac dreams with Very Peri, Pantone Colour of the Year 2022
1. Sophia Loren – Lilac, David Studwell
Encapsulate the defiant confidence that Pantone’s 2022 colour incites with this portrait by David Studwell, Sophia Loren – Lilac.Screen printed on canvas with diamond dust, this piece deserves pride of place in your home where it is guaranteed to inspire you to live your best life with a ‘carefree confidence and a daring curiosity’.
2. Plum swirl – abstract wall sculpture, Yossi Ben Abu
Nothing quite says ‘altered landscape of possibilities’ like this wall sculpture by Yossi Ben Abu, Plum swirl – abstract wall sculpture. Very Peri is influenced by the increasing merger of the physical and digital worlds, demonstrated by developments in gaming, digital art and the Metaverse. Looking for a futuristic work in the colour of the future? Look no further …
3. NOMAD IV (Film Rebate), New York, 2017, Richard Heeps
A retro photograph that in its misty nature and architectural subject matter reflects the ’empowering mix of newness’ that Very Peri conjures, Richard Heeps’NOMAD IV (Film Rebate), New York, 2017 encourages us to be both curious and inspired by the world around us.
4. Untitled, Sotos Zachariadis
Somehow we think the Cubists would have appreciated the forward-thinking, visionary nature of Pantone’s latest colour selection. Welcome lilac into your life to transform the way you see the world and open yourself to new possibilities. A notion wonderfully exemplified by Sotos Zachariadis in his cubist still-life Untitled.
5. A Giant of the Gold Fields, Glynne James
The last two years reignited our appreciation of the natural world around us and more than ever inspired a commitment to protecting it. Pantone 17-3938 reflects this with the colour found often in nature, from lavender fields to dramatic skies, as seen in this oil painting by Glynne James. Take inspiration from A Giant of the Gold Fields and bring the outside into your home, allowing you to pay daily homage to the power and beauty of nature.
6. Autumn Posy, Rosemary Lewis
Reinvent traditional subject matters through the use of this bold new shade. Introduce the constancy of periwinkle blue and the spiritedness of violet red into your home to instantly enliven any space. Add in a splash of yellow, like with this piece by Rosemary Lewis, for a faultless display in colour relationships.
7. Star Study, Patsy McArthur
In the pastel drawing Star Study, Patsy McArthur explores the power of human movement. The potential of Very Peri is clear in this work, as the figure embodies the strength, dynamism and spirit of the colour. Introduce this study into your home as a reminder of your own strength and capability to take on the world.
8. MoonLight II, Maria Jose Concha
The drawn out days of intermittent isolation are not yet a distant memory as Very Peri has the potential to communicate an atmosphere of solitude. Yet the undertone of red adds a more resilient and courageous element to the possibility of future challenges. MoonLight II by Maria Jose Concha captures this ambience perfectly with its wide expanse of lilac colour.
9. Catchlight, Miranda Smith
Iridescent psychedelic patterns in blue, purple and pink? We are totally here for it. Make like Very Peri and stretch the limits of reality, opening the door to a dynamic virtual world where you can explore the endless possibilities of colour. Miranda Smith’s Catchlight is the perfect place to start.
10. Prince IV, David Studwell
No celebration of purple would be complete without the royal pop icon, Prince – we salute you. Prince actually has his very own Pantone shade ‘Love Symbol #2’, created to commemorate his untimely death in 2016, but this limited edition screenprint by David Studwell, Prince IV, certainly captures the confidence and daring of Very Peri.
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