Part 2: Pantone’s 2021 Colors of the Year
What can be said about 2020 that wasn’t already said? We all experienced setbacks and silver linings, to say the least. We had the chance to slow down and witness the world in a way that we never had a chance to before. We felt all of the things, right alongside the hardworking wedding and event industry who made us proud each step of the way. Last year’s realizations made the conversations around our tables a little more real, the lingering with loved ones after the plates cleared a little more necessary, and above all, our passion for setting the table an even more joyful act. Now in 2021, we find a compelling metaphor in Pantone’s picking of the color of the year. An annual hue that trendcasters always threw weight behind now guides us to begin anew with not one but two colors. Pantone describes the colors as follows: “Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray paired with Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating, two colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another. Converting a message of subtle strength and hopefulness, a marriage of color that is both enduring and uplifting. Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this union is one of strength and positivity.” Ah, stronger, brighter days ahead. We’ll raise a glass to that.
The Ultimate Gray
“PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness, and resilience.” (Pantone)
Calculated for subtlety, grey feels effortless while being the steadfast shade with a calm elegance and sophisticated edge. Grey’s revered in that every color can flourish around her while simultaneously ensuring nothing feels too precious. This is couture, honey, but we aim to dance on the table. (Roaring 20's all grown up.) Her depth is real. Head in the clouds one minute, ability to recognize the time and place we're in the next. An androgenous, enigmatic type that spells her name with an “e” one day and an “a” the next. Don’t sleep on this steady and sometimes sexy, sometimes restrained hue–she’s the ultimate.
A Calming Influence
To celebrate a love that's set in stone or a sophisticated lunch for the society swans, our talented friends take shades of grey to influential levels.
Throwing an artful shape for the Fort Worth Museum. Designed by Ellison Event Productions. Photography by David Crandall. Tabletop: Marchesa Shades of Grey China | Cutipol Rondo Matte Gold Flatware | Mikasa Smoke Glassware
Alfresco dinner but make it P.O.S.H. Designed by Southern Affair. Photography by Leah Golter Photography. Tabletop: Beaded Wood Charger | Arte Italica Guiletta Dinner Plate | Coupe China in Grey | Oneida Michelangelo Flatware | Elise Cut Crystal Old Fashioned | Gatsby Champagne Coup
Grey sets the foundation for a colorful experience. Designed by Emily Clark Events. Tabletop: Glass Pleated Charger with Gold Rim | Marchesa Shades of Grey Bread & Butter | Cutipol Rondo Matte Gold Flatware | Mikasa Smoke Glassware | Signature Platinum Stemware
Concrete but make it fashion. A modern moment for a Stanley Korshak X Zegna dinner. Tabletop: Concrete Grey Charger and Bread & Butter | Cutipol GOA White & Gold Flatware | Mikasa Smoke Glassware | Chair: Kartell Clear Louis Ghost Chair
Le sigh for this dreamy wedding fit for a princess. Designed by Caroline Events. Photography by John Cain Photography. Tabletop: Kim Seybert Sahara Silver Charger | Lenox Antiquity China | Duchess Silver Goblet | Silver Bella Stemware. Chair: Silver Chiavari with Silver Cushion
Celestial but make it modern for a wedding at The Joule. Designed by Melissa Andre. Photography by Christian Oth Studio. Tabletop: Concrete Grey Charger | Cutipol GOA Gold and White Flatware | Extreme Riedel Stemware