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10-20-2016

Color Inspiration Box 2017

Next Year’s Plastics Color Trends

At K 2016 Karl Finke, Wuppertal, Germany, presents the Color Inspiration Box 2017, next year's color trends. Observing major trends in different aspects of life and society, Finke’s specialists came up with four topic color themes: “Vintage“, “New Freedom“, “Just for me“ and “Simplicity“. Those were turned into ready-to-use color batches and are now displayed in the Color Inspiration Box 2017.

At Finke, international color studies and trend reports are evaluated regularly in order to translate emerging global color trends for customer’s applications. Based on these observations Finke’s colorists and technicians develop new and topic color masterbatch collections for plastics. These production stage colorants can be employed in series production processes with just a few subtle adjustments to the application, saving plastics processors valuable time on the way from color concept to serial product.

The Color Inspiration Box 2017 contains six samples for each color theme, giving a first impression of the looks that can be created in plastics (© Finke)

The Color Inspiration Box 2017 contains six samples for each color theme, giving a first impression of the looks that can be created in plastics (© Finke)

The “Vintage” collection stands for the continuing nostalgia and retro trend. It symbolizes value and quality and is marked by elements from “the good old times”. The “Vintage” color collection is dominated by reds from selfconfident pink to pastels and dynamic bright red. Shining and metallic warm copper and bronze hues are reminiscent of old crafts.

Rapturous and exotic combinations bring out the ambivalence of “New Freedom”. Virtual and real goods are shared more and more easily, while on the other hand there is the danger of becoming too dependent on new technologies and services. These mixed feelings of „New Freedom“ are expressed by deep and intensive colors and radical color changes, intensified by extravagant technical and modern effects from neon-pink to blue and strong yellows.

In “Just for me” quiet blues and purples create an equilibrating effect and embody the awareness for interaction of the self with one’s surroundings. Light and partly indifferent combinations stand for meditative moods. Selfconfident fresh and dynamic accents symbolize a get-up-and-go attitude.

„Simplicity“ expresses the desire for a simple life in accordance with nature and the environment, represented by natural materials like wood, stone or metal and a reduction to absolute necessity. The “Simplicity” color world shows muted or delicate organic and mineral tones. Soft noble shine is paired with a functional, sober and down-to earth haptic.

Experienced colorists at Finke have developed ready to use additive systems for these four trends. The Color Inspiration Box 2017 contains six samples for each color theme, giving a first impression of the looks that can be created in plastics. Designers, product developers, brand manufacturers and plastics processors are given a valid forecast of the aesthetic appearance and the assurance, that the idea is feasible technically and economically.

Company profile

Karl Finke GmbH & Co. KG

Hatzfelder Str. 174-176
DE 42281 Wuppertal
Tel.: 0202 709060
Fax: 0202 703929

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