[Photo my own]
Think of places identified by color. High profile examples include Atlanta's Neel Reid- and Philip Shutze-designed Pink Palace, the Green Room at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and tastemaker Nancy Lancaster’s luminous buttah yellow London drawing room. The architecture may be significant, or the interiors might be comprised of many splendid, pedigreed objects and visually arresting works of art—Henry Ossawa Tanner's Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City currently hangs against verdant silk-covered walls in the White House parlor—but first-graders and scholars alike identify these digs most readily by color. Few decorative elements are as primal and accessible.
Patrick Baty has spent decades immersed in color (paint, to be specific). A respected color historian and the owner of London's Papers and Paints, Baty knows color so well that he received a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen. This summer, I was invited by Enfilade editor, Craig Hanson, to interview Baty and it was fascinating to learn more about his complex work. If you're curious, too, please grab an iced coffee (or iced tea) and check out the piece here.
As Enfilade focuses on the 18th century, my questions emphasized the distant past but it's important to note that Baty's historical consulting encompasses the 20th century as well. Fans of the 1960s might want to look at this.