Muted Colors.

The world of furniture is becoming more colourful.

While Pantone chose a richly coloured purple colour as the colour of the year with "Very Peri" this year, the look was completely different in Milan. It was also more colourful here, but the exhibitors had all opted for shades with a depth effect...



Everyone seemed to agree on the same colour code: Le Corbusier's Muted Colours. In addition to the new naturalness, which was almost unanimous in the furniture presentations, in particular it was a new colourfulness that drew a colourful thread through the exhibitions. Along with the colours, a fresh wind blows through the modern home. The current designs radiate a zest for life and optimism.

"Living is not only becoming more homely, it's also becoming more colourful," believes Harald Klüh. "Intense, muted hues that resembled a tribute to Le Corbusier's colour system dominated." Yes, Milan was much more colourful than in previous years, but the combinations that were on display did not look bright. Quite the opposite. Muted colours are in a sense unobtrusively elegant. They stand out without being the focus. Moreover, they combine perfectly with achromatic elements.


STOSA CUCINE not only presented kitchens, but also office furniture in Le Corbusier's Muted colours.



It is obvious that colour plays a special role in a space. It was primarily the Swiss architect Le Corbusier who, between 1930 and 1960, worked intensively on the subject of architecture, interior design and colour. His definitive work on architectural colour design is more relevant today than ever before.

"Colour modifies the space," is one of its principles. In it he describes: "Blue and its green blends create space, create atmosphere, move the wall into the distance; red and its brown and orange blends fix the wall, reaffirm its exact location, its dimension, its presence." Le Corbusier defined 63 timeless colours in his 'Architectural Polychromy', which can be combined harmoniously in any way.

"Le Corbusier's colour system is a masterpiece for eternity," adds Harald Klüh. "If in 2022, 60 years after its release, his muted colours dominate design at Milan Design Week, that's something special."

"Colour is a trigger of strong effects. Colour is a factor of our existence."

Le Corbusier


When the kitchen manufacturer LEICHT began to quote Le Corbusier's colour system for its colour collection a few years ago, this was the starting point for what could now be admired in Milan.

Le Corbusier's muted colours were present across all categories: in kitchens, bathrooms, furniture and accessories. It was surprising that two outdoor furniture brands, KETTAL and PEDRALI, had implemented the old colour system particularly consistently. "Real colour classics dominated there," says Harald Klüh, "yellow and red ochre, burnt sienna, umber, ultramarine and green earth - even with these colours on the palette, the masters of painting were able to create great works of art".

With the colour collection presented in Milan, KETTAL captured the Zeitgeist.

Muted colours interacting with achromatic interiors in Wabi-Sabi design - within playful diversity different trends can combine with each other harmoniously.