Pantone-Inspired Bar With Quirky Cocktail Names Opens In San Fran

Named for those old mechanical 1950’s piggy banks that featured a canine jumping through a hoop and dropping a coin in a barrel, this new SF bar Trick Dog is a similarly quaint throwback. Helmed by Josh Harris and Scott Baird of the Bon Vivants group, its existing industrial elements (i.e. soaring factory windows) are offset by an urban-rustic interior design concept, all anchored by a century-old, marble-accented bar and Pantone-colored stools.

Much of the focus at Trick Dog is on the imbibing, with a drinks program cleverly driven by the Pantone Color Guide. The quirkily-named drinks range from the genial–Pennies From Heaven, Grandma’s Sweater–to the more conceptual, as in the edgy Neat With A Side Menu. Bar snacks include their take on the scotch egg and, for the sweet-toothed, Fernet Mint Chip Ice Cream. Oh, and yes–there’s a real Trick Dog piggy bank at the bar. 

For the inside-info on Trick Dog, check out the BlackBook listing here.

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The Pantone Color of the Year is Emerald, If You Keep Track of These Things

Design junkies, rejoice (or recoil). Pantone hath spoken, and in the wake of the bright, “spirited” Tangerine Tango that served as the chromatic marker of 2012, they have announced Emerald as the Color of the Year for 2013, chosen to promote “insight” as well as “balance and harmony.” And green is usually associated with calm with these things, right? That might be good. Everyone could use a bit of calm right now.

In the announcement from the Pantone Color Institute, Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman noted that in addition to its place in the natural world, “the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum. She adds:

"As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."

For color trend junkies (is that a thing if you’re not in the design world?), Pantone will be collaborating with Sephora on a beauty line and jcpenney on emerald-tinted home-wares and linens, and in the fashion world the color will appear in some works in the spring spring collections from Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko.

So, there you go. Emerald is the new “it” color. It’s been a good run, Tangerine Tango. Ride off into the sunset, where you will probably blend in quite well and be difficult to distinguish. 

Model Diary: Chartreuse, Burnt Pumpkin & Honeysuckle

Hoary holidays from Canada! All this cold and gray makes me yearn for the warm and color from Miami two weeks ago. I went down for a day to shoot Marie Claire, and even though it was chilly by Florida standards, it was radiant compared to this frozen abyss. I hate to talk about the weather though, so let’s get to that second point that made the shoot so significant: color. One thing that was made clear to me yet again during this shoot was that people in the fashion industry have an acute understanding of color. As I changed into each look, the makeup artist and stylist discussed different color options for eye makeup that would complement the clothes. During one particular outfit change, the makeup artist used the word chartreuse to describe the touches of neon yellow in the Dries collection. How beautiful and soft and historic her chartreuse was to my ugly, reductive neon yellow! And I consider myself a woman of words!

Hearing them speak made me realize the baseness and inaccuracy of my own sense of color. Like when Meryl Streep calls out Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada; we shouldn’t be so ignorant to call something blue, when it is in fact cerulean. Those in the fashion industry use and interpret color in a way akin to artists. I touched on this in another post, when I wrote about how makeup and hair are art forms (I am always overwhelmed when I see the palette of colors laid out on the makeup table—so many colors with such subtle differences, yet the artist is so comfortable and decisive about which colors to use and blend). During this shoot, though, I realized that this comfort with color is not unique to the makeup artist, but to anyone who follows style. Understanding the significance of color is just as important as creating with it. To some, the long list of colors may seem like fashion jargon, but I feel like it must be personally enriching to know and identify each hue. Life might seem brighter and more colorful if I could call each tone by name, instead of struggling to articulate between blues.

A literary friend of mine once saw beauty in a term he coined to describe a skirt I was wearing: burnt pumpkin. Yes, he was drunk at the time, and likely on some psychedelic drug, but he seemed so satisfied by his description, as though he had captured some elusive truth in vintage Rodier.

I thought about this importance of color, and of understanding color, on the subway the other day, while reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved (already one of my favorite books, and I’m only halfway through). Color plays such an important role in the protagonists’ lives. It brightens. It revitalizes. It makes life more bearable amidst a dismal reality of dusty grays. And reading such a poignant truth about color on the M train, on a particularly muted day, made me aware of its importance in my own environment. It seems especially crucial now, back in wintry Canada. So, as the days become whiter with snow and darker with earlier sunsets, I’m going to make a concerted effort to acknowledge whatever colors I can find, and hopefully build up my vocabulary with their wonderfully descriptive names. Some beautiful ones to look forward to for spring, according to Pantone’s Fashion Color Report: honeysuckle, coral rose, silver peony, peapod.

Pantone Hotel Opens in Brussels

Maybe because of some happy childhood memories involving color wheels, but we’re suckers for Pantone colors and and the merchandise spin-offs, be they business card holders or coffee mugs. And now, there’s a new Pantone Hotel, and we’re pretty intrigued.

The Pantone Hotel in Brussels, Belgium features 59 rooms on seven floors. Rooms have one of seven unique Pantone color palettes, ranging from “Daring, Fiery” to “Fresh, Eager” and they all feature photography by Belgian shutterfly Victor Levy. The color schemes are displayed against a crisp, modern backdrop–think white duvets with solid-colored throws on the beds and enlarged Pantone color chips on the wall.

The Pantone Lounge has cocktails named by color (how clever!), like Pink Champagne PANTONE 12-1107 and Lemon Drop PANTONE 12-0736. And, naturally, there’s a gift shop selling mugs and bikes from the “Pantone Universe,” though if you’ve traveled all the way to Belgium, maybe you should grab a souvenir not available in every hipster corner store.

A random search for rooms this summer found rates as low as 59 euro per night, which, with the sale on Europe is just $72/night.

Pantone Makes Big Comeback For ’09

Henry Holland isn’t the only designer paying homage to Pantone this season. Sea Vees, the LA-based brand that launched just last year, draws inspiration for its sneakers from 1960s California cool (think Top-Siders-meets-Keds). And, this season, they’re showing Pantone some love with a collection of kicks colored in Pantone-approved shades.

The brand will introduce a total of seven different styles, each of which is a different shade picked from Pantone’s vast color archives. A limited edition of only 1,963 (the year in which Lawrence Herbert conceived the Pantone color categorizing system) pairs will be made. So, don’t expect these monochrome kicks to be around for long.