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Published: 19 Dec 2017

Christmas 2017 Confirmation: Refract


Our 2017 Christmas Direction Refract responds to designers’ increasing appreciation of light as a medium to create bright and beautiful optical effects. Refract is full of joyful whimsy, rendering high-energy hues in glossy finishes to appeal to a broad range of ages. We explore how this direction is being translated into decorations and accessories this Christmas season.

  • Reflective mirrored plastics and textured glass and metal are used to create an iridescent sheen to warp light waves and cast a rainbow of shifting colour.
  • Creamy pearlescent whites are used as a base colour and paired with reflective material finishes to reveal fragments of bright colour in Canary yellow, Foxglove pink and Blue Sky.
  • Designers took advantage of the innate ability of glass to distort light, employing multicoloured pigments in tableware collections of celebratory champagne flutes and cocktail coupés.

For more 2017 Christmas Confirmations, read Curio and Kin. To learn about our projections for next year’s Christmas Directions, read Fantasia, Archive and Frost. See Christmas 2018: Colour for more detail on the palettes and visual influences guiding each 2018 Christmas Direction.

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