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Pantone introduces Color of the Year 2023: PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta

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An unconventional shade for an unconventional time: a new vision

Vibrating with vim and vigor, a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family demonstrating a new signal of strength. Tapping into the experimental spirit of Viva Magenta, Pantone explores the dynamic between Artificial Intelligence and human creativity to create “The Magentaverse” available to the public for the first time.

CARLSTADT, N.J – PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta writes a new narrative. Brave and fearless, a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes optimism and joy. Powerful and empowering, it is an animated red that encourages experimentation and self-expression without restraint; an electrifying, boundaryless shade that is manifestly “out there” and is a stand-out statement. Audacious, witty and inclusive of all, PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta welcomes anyone and everyone with the same rebellious spirit.

A nuanced crimson red tone that presents a balance between warm and cool, PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta is also a hybrid color, one that comfortably straddles the physical and virtual, evocative of our multi-dimensional world. Assertive but not aggressive, it is a carmine red that does not boldly dominate but instead takes a “fist in a velvet glove” approach. Exuding dynamism, PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta is a transformative red tone capable of driving design to create a more positive future.

“As virtual worlds become a more prominent part of our daily lives, we look to draw inspiration from nature and what is real,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta descends from the red family, and is inspired by the red of cochineal, one of the most precious dyes belonging to the natural dye family as well as one of the strongest and brightest the world has known. Rooted in the primordial, PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta reconnects us to original matter. Invoking the forces of nature, it galvanizes our spirit, helping us to build our inner strength.”

“The last few years were transformative in many ways in terms of people’s sense of self, and the way well-being, priorities and identity are being thought about,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As a result, space has been created where we are free to explore and be accepted for exactly who we feel we are, whether it be in a cybernetic universe, a conventional space, or a magical blend of both. We are creating a dynamic world that encourages experimentation, one that leverages the virtual within the physical realm and emboldens our strength and spirit to explore groundbreaking possibilities.”

Channeling the essence of PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta, Pantone worked with its longtime creative partner Huge, to engage in a design experiment that explores the relationship— the tensions—between new technology and human creativity. Working with the AI generative tool Midjourney, the team created the visual manifestation of PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta by incorporating the messages and ideas embodied by the color to curate an immersive world that examines the connections between nature and technology. The key visual—a bold and brave statement that amplifies the fearless yet natural elements of PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta, designed with the help of artificial intelligence—serves as an invitation into an optimistic and endless new ecosystem to be explored, called “the Magentaverse.”

Building on this experiment, Pantone and Huge collaborated with ARTECHOUSE, the leader in innovative, technology-driven experiential art, which through its creative studio designed a custom immersive experience that allows the public to explore “the Magentaverse” first-hand. This Pantone x ARTECHOUSE exhibition, which is built on a four-year partnership between the two companies, is an artistic exploration of the Magentaverse, featuring immersive rooms with textures and interactions that plunge attendees into an array of visual, auditory, and tactile experiences—all in the spirit of PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta. This is the first time that Pantone and ARTECHOUSE are bringing the Pantone Color of the Year to life as an exhibition at ARTECHOUSE Miami, open to the public from December 3, 2022, as part of Art Basel Miami Beach. The exhibition will feature color explorations in design, space, and technology inspired by NASA and Pantone partners Motorola, Lenovo, Spoonflower, and more that bring PANTONE 18-750 Viva Magenta to life for visitors to experience.

“To embody the spirit of PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta, we embarked on a new approach of collective creative collaboration,” said Pressman. “Leveraging the power of technology and Pantone’s expertise in color to curate a new interpretation of the Pantone Color of the Year, we created the Magentaverse, an unexpected and exciting color universe we look forward to sharing with the world to experience as well.”

Pantone Color of the Year 2023 Partners:

The partnership between Motorola, Lenovo and Pantone is one of shared value of—and focus on—the importance of precision in design, innovation and personal expression in color and technology. Motorola’s multi-year, strategic partnership and global category exclusivity with Pantone has changed the way the brand looks, presents, and talks about color, giving the brand early insight to macro design trends and their influence on color, material, and surface finish application across design. With this continued partnership, Motorola will announce a special addition of its newly launched motorola edge 30 fusion in the Pantone Color of the Year 2023 which will be available globally.

In addition to Motorola’s existing mobile category collaboration, its parent company Lenovo is also announcing a broader global technology partnership with Pantone for Color of the Year 2023 that will be exclusive to the PC and tablet category. Lenovo and Motorola will have a space within the ARTECHOUSE Miami exhibit where customers can engage with the new design-forward technology and experience the “Magentaverse.”

ARTECHOUSE, the leader in innovative, technology-driven experiential art, is partnering with Pantone to produce the Pantone Color of the Year 2023 immersive art experience. Curated and designed by ARTECHOUSE Studio, the multidisciplinary creative division of the company, this multisensory exhibition explores the Pantone Color of the Year 2023, PANTONE 18-750 Viva Magenta, like never before. More than just a color, the installation presents a fully immersive experience that allows guests to feel the power of a hue scaled to fantastical proportions. This is the fourth consecutive year that Pantone and ARTECHOUSE have partnered to reveal the Pantone Color of the Year and the first time it will be an exhibition open to the public. The exhibition will open during Art Basel in Miami Beach from December 3, 2022.

For tickets, please visit artechouse.com/miami

The authority in color has joined forces with the authority in surface pattern design. In what can best be described as a perfect union, Spoonflower and Pantone have partnered for the Pantone Color of the Year 2023 announcement, which includes the unveiling of one-of-a-kind designs by six distinguished Spoonflower Independent Artists featuring a custom color palette. The partnership also includes a quarterly series of four Spoonflower Design Challenges beginning December 2022, kicking off on December 1 with the Pantone Color of the Year 2023 reveal.

While home fitness machines have become an integral part of our daily lives, the traditional black-and-steel appearance of these machines don’t always fit so seamlessly into the aesthetic of our homes, nor do they necessarily reflect anything about who we are. The Hydrow Wave Rower changes this entirely—for the first time, users can opt for a rowing machine with an exterior that matches the exuberance and empowerment they feel on the inside when they complete a workout. Hydrow has launched five new colorways for the Wave Rower, including a special-edition version in the Pantone Color of the Year 2023. Just as Viva Magenta represents living boldly and fearlessly, the Hydrow Wave Rower isn’t a piece of unsightly equipment destined to be relegated to the garage or basement—it’s meant to be a seamless, bright and welcomed addition to any home, allowing for self-expression and celebration in even the most unexpected of places.

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