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On Our Radar: 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year, Illuminating + Ultimate Gray

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Ahead of each new year the Pantone Color Institute selects a Color of the Year that informs what trends and designs to look forward to–and for 2021 Pantone has made the bold choice of two colors: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating. The two colors where chosen in tandem to convey “a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”

And it stands to reason that we’re all looking for a silver lining around the cloud cast by 2020. So as we look toward a brighter future in 2021, we have rounded up our favorite design objects that are either illuminating, ultimate gray, or both.

Pendants and ceiling lighting that add a pop of color.

Slab 90 LED Linear Suspension Light by Lukas Peet from ANDlight
Roque Pendant Light by Carpyen Easy Light
Unfold Pendant Light by Form Us With Love from Muuto

Upholstered furniture is a great way to incorporate both colors.

Bedford Sleeper Lounge Sofa and GT Rocker by Gus Modern

A sculptural floor lamp is both a functional piece of lighting a piece of art.

Grossman Grashoppa Floor Lamp by Greta Grossman from Gubi

Brighten up your space in an unexpected way, like a bright sconce.

Muse Wall/Ceiling Light by Sandro Santantonio from Axolight

For more lighting and furniture that incorporate the Pantone 2021 Colors of the Year:

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