Design Inspiration

This Summery Color Combo Was All Over NYC’s Newest Design Fair

These seven finds will have you wanting to ditch the neutrals for a little while.
Lydia Geisel Avatar

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs.

Pantone kept its promise. When the company’s Color Institute named Living Coral its 2019 color of the year six months ago, we were excited but skeptical. Would it stick? We got confirmation at New York City’s newest design fair, Object and Thing, last month, where the playful hue was a driving force behind many of the pieces. But as we perused the various booths, we noticed that coral was never alone. The tangy shade appears to have made a new friend: blue.

First, we spotted Misha Kahn’s To Sit or Set, an unconventional stool smack-dab in the center of the fair. The piece was hard to miss with its cobalt-colored grout and patches of pink-y oranges (or are they orangey pinks?). Then we stumbled across Swedish-Chilean designer Anton Alvarez’s polychrome 2905181156 vessel, a ceramic sculpture featuring hits of coral, tangerine, and navy. We knew we were onto something when we saw Anne Marie Laureys’s The Frightened One sculpture in the most perfect pastel version of the palette. Our immediate next thought: We need to bring this sunny twist on the color combo into our homes.

It will take quite a while to save up for Kahn’s stool, but fortunately it didn’t take us long to discover a few affordable alternatives. Behold, seven summer-approved finds that nail this two-tone look:

For your latest plant purchase

Your brand-new money tree (or bird-of-paradise) will shine in this color-blocked pot, but your windowsill will look even better.

For your summer holiday

Just when you thought ombré was so 2017, Los Angeles–based artist Alex Israel and Rimowa teamed up for what could easily end up being our favorite luggage collaboration of the year. While this vibrant carry-on is an amazing reason to amp up your vacation wardrobe, at the very least it will be super-easy to spot on the baggage carousel.

For a blah powder room

Kate Zaremba’s leggy wallpaper is the pizzazz your basic bathroom needs. Get ready for houseguests who can’t stop ’gramming.

For the playroom (or, let’s be honest, your living room)

No one ever said your living room rug had to be a rectangle. Break the mold with this candy-colored hexagon, part of Kinder Modern’s modular floor-covering system. This is a choice your childhood self would have thoroughly enjoyed.

For evenings alfresco

This gradient outdoor chair is the furniture equivalent of a summer sunset. And thanks to its woven silicone shell, the feel-good pouf can actually float! See you later, swan rafts.

For the bathroom you wish was in Bora Bora

Just because you’re stuck at home for the summer doesn’t mean you can’t turn your shower into a tropical getaway with this simple swap.

For that half-empty shelf

Spin art is back and better than ever. (No, it’s nothing like you made in school). Go with the flow by adding this under-$100 vessel to a lonely vignette or bookshelf.

See more stories like this:  This Once-Taboo Color Combo Is Actually Super-Chic 8 Cool Color Combos Inspiring Team Domino Right Now 3 Bold Paint Colors That Are Impossible to Get Wrong

Lydia Geisel Avatar

Lydia Geisel

Home Editor

Lydia Geisel has been on the editorial team at Domino since 2017. Today, she writes and edits home and renovation stories, including house tours, before and afters, and DIYs, and leads our design news coverage. She lives in New York City.