Color me colorless, but black is the new black is the new black. Besides being practical, which is something needed in these dour times, it is a serious functional color. When Pantone announced it's new color for 2009, Mimosa - "a warm and engaging yellow" I thought: ugh. 60's redux, next up: shag carpet. But for a little accent here and there? ok. maybe. Pantone's reasoning: "Mimosa represents the hopeful and radiant characteristics associated with the color yellow. Mimosa is a versatile shade that coordinates with any other color, has appeal for men and women, and translates to both fashion and interiors."
Black: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau (Princeton University Press, $35) just came out in November and is listed as one of the top art and design books in the NYTimes Critic's picks 2008 Gift Guide.
I think we're a year early for this new day dawning intensity. Or maybe not. Bold? Color me questioning.