Pastels may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but from Copenhagen to Milan, the gentle tones and pale hues previously reserved for baby nurseries and powder rooms have been making their own bold statements. Vivid colors and non-committal neutrals still abound, but designers’ recent inclusions of pale pinks and baby blues, creamy yellows and minty greens can’t be denied. And with spring in full bloom, what better time than now for considering the virtues of lightening up?At the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Jasper Morrison’s Rotary Tray for Vitra debuted in both dusty pink (top) and soft blue; while the Flamingo console table by Marco Guazzini (above) tones down Miami’s Art Deco color palette into a sublime montage of blue, green and pink.
The Sucabaruca porcelain coffee set, created by Italian designer Luca Nichetto for Toronto-based retailer Mjölk, was introduced at the Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this year, and is available in three different colorways, including a range of pastels. Danish manufacturer Fritz Hansen reintroduced Arne Jacobsen’s teardrop-shaped Drop chair, first launched in 1958 along with the more famous Egg and Swan chairs, and is making it available in a range of plastic and upholstered models, including this pretty pink.Architect Jo Nagasaka’s storage baskets combine traditional Japanese bamboo craftsmanship with contemporary materials, like this pastel-hued rubber.Kartell called upon Patricia Urquiola to design the company’s Jellies Family tableware, a collection of injection mold polycarbonate items, which features a range of transparent, delicately colored and intricately detailed plates, bowls and glasses—set to launch in 2015.