It's All Material: Color Journey

Jodi Finer

12 October 2020


Color has always been an intrinsic part of my creative process, but it’s certainly ever-evolving as I continue to learn more about its origin—where it comes from and how it's built into the framework of our lives—that continues to keep me on my toes. An understanding of color requires consistent research and mine has led me to Keith Recker’s book True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments. Here, Keith shares his vast knowledge of color: How Cobalt first originated on Egyptian ceramics and further taking his readers to West Africa, China, Bangladesh, Northern California, and the United Kingdom for a more saturated look into the origins of pigment. Having had deep conversations with twenty-eight artisans from every part of the globe, Keith reveals their wisdom, traditions, and color know-how. Through my recent color exploration, I’ve begun to make parallels between our brand principles, the richness of color, and how it impacts us. I am diving into more historical and psychological facets of the world of color and hope to share more with you along the way. Below is a peek at some colorful touchpoints of current inspiration as they relate to the S. Harris brand. xoJodi





How does color connect us to nature?

So much of our environment and our reaction to nature provokes our senses. Case and Point: Restaurant-bar-cafe meets florist-boutique-community education space inside New York City’s Il Florista. Designed by acclaimed architect Elizabeth Roberts, the NoMad eatery boasts a stop-you-in-your-tracks mural by artist Leanne Shapton matched with a colorful array of cuisine built around edible flowers. For the full-color sensory experience—dine at Il Florista and then head to The American Museum of Natural History to check out The Nature of Color, an exhibit on display through April 2021.

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 Images Courtesy Il Florista




How do our color preferences
infuse historical nods?

Functionally clever and chicly colorful furniture? Um… yes please! Checking both of those boxes is Vancouver-based furniture house Marrimor: Nice Things for Nonconformists. The recently launched, modern furniture brand imparts creative license from its founders' dynamic histories. Interior designers Tanja Hinder and Lauren Bugliarisi pull from their heritage—Hinder looking to Switzerland and Bugliarisi finding influence through her Sicilian roots—when creating their dynamic line of poufs and pillows, Toof & Toss. Shown here is the Toof: part-table-part-pouf, whose saturated hues and sumptuous textures pack a punch in any interior space!

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 Images Courtesy Marrior Objects


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How do trends inform our palettes?

One of the things I’ve missed most during the past several months at home is visiting museums. Cultural forums and art exhibits so often inform my work and challenge me to push my own creative boundaries. I recently stumbled upon Do Ho Suh’s LACMA exhibition entitled, 34 West 22nd Street, referring to the artist's Manhattan residence. Suh is well known for his manifestations and fabrications of ideas and personal history and this exhibit, in particular, takes you through a detailed walk-through of pastel palettes that represent the artist’s former home.

 Image & Video Courtesy LACMA




How do we discover color around the world?

For me, half the fun of staying in a hotel is living vicariously through fresh and inspiring interiors. The second I laid eyes on the new Parisian hotspot Les Deux Gares I instantly added it to my must-stay list for my next trip to Paris. The color-clad interiors are off the charts! The fearless, highly pigmented boutique hotel was designed by Luke Edward Hall (one of my favorite British designers), who held nothing back when it came to making a color statement. The 33-bedroom hotel located in the 10th arrondissement feels more like a Wes Anderson film set than a hotel-cafe with a bohemian Parisian collector set as the lead. A pea-green lobby sets the tone followed by pastel-colored bathrooms, Toile de Jouy wallpaper, English stripes, 70’s animal print—color discoveries around every corner!

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 Images Courtesy Les Deux Gares



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Jodi Finer

As the Chief Brand Officer of Fabricut’s boutique textile brand S. Harris, Jodi Finer approaches her creative position with a deep connection to her grandfather’s legacy, her relationship with her father, who has always been her north star, and a level of mindfulness to thoughtful living. Jodi and her team have turned S. Harris into a socially conscious brand, working with several nonprofit partners locally and globally to not only reshape the conversation around how design impacts wellbeing but also to create design accessibility. S. Harris provides her the opportunity to reinvent community, build a fresh creative culture and create meaning for the storied fabric house.

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