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December 23, 2014
Pantone's annual pick for color of the year goes to Marsala, a rich brown-red the color of fortified wine. Here are a few ways to incorporate the look in furniture, lighting, and textiles.
Pantone Marsala color of the year

Marsala (18-1438), an earthy brownish red, has been dubbed Pantone's color of the year for 2015. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes it as "nurturing and fulfilling... Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room, making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home."

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Alessi concrete bowl by Luca Galbusera

Alessi introduced a new concrete bowl in 2014, based on a competition prototype designed by Luca Galbusera. $450 at Switch Modern

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West Elm Bliss sofa in Marsala linen weave

West Elm's Bliss sofa has a tailored silhouette which bely its cushy, down-filled upholstery. The linen weave fabric option in Cayenne best approximates Pantone's 2015 theme. $1,399 at West Elm

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Gubi Ronde pendant light by Oliver Schick in marsala red hue

Gubi's spun powder-coated aluminum pendant, designed by Oliver Schick, has a lightly brushed finish that's both industrial and tactile. It comes in five colors; "Rusty Red" approximates the brownish tone of Pantone's Marsala. $535 at Matter

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Polypropylene dining set in burgundy marsala

A durable, outdoor-friendly dining set in burgundy in polypropylene includes four each of cereal bowls, dinner plates, tumblers, and a serving bowl. $14.99 at Target

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Ikea PS 2014 storage module with red steel frame

Ikea's PS 2014 collection includes modular wall storage in bamboo veneer framed in powder-coated steel. Also available in black and white, though earthy red sure complements the warm wood tones. $34 at Ikea

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BoConcept Shogun wood stool in marsala red

A simple Japanese-inspired stool can go double- or triple-duty in the home, and the dark red adds visual interest. $189 at BoConcept

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La Pedrera lighting by Barba Corsini in marsala red

In 1955, Barba Corsini, a leading functionalist architect, realized his contemporary vision through his rennovation of the loft space and the furnishings he custom designed for "La Pedrera." Corsini was a great admirer of Finnish architecture, which he believed to be the finest in Europe because of the powerful simplicity of the designs. "Powerful simplicity" is indeed an apt description of Corsini's personal design style, as represented by the Pedrera series. Available at Suite NY

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Pantone Marsala color of the year

Marsala (18-1438), an earthy brownish red, has been dubbed Pantone's color of the year for 2015. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes it as "nurturing and fulfilling... Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room, making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home."

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