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Ten purple projects ranging from dark purple to light lilac


From a playful furniture collection to a foldable dress, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best mauve projects from Dezeen’s archives reminiscent of the last Pantone color of the year.

Last week, company of colors Pantone named Very Peri as its color of the year for 2022. Made from a combination of shades of purple red and undertones of blue, the color falls somewhere in the purple spectrum. However, the coloring company describes it as a “periwinkle blue.”

Purple is historically linked to royalty and creativity and its use in architecture and design often reflects these connotations.

“Color is always associated with royalty, extravagance, wealth and power,” Michelle Ogundehin wrote in an opinion piece on Dezeen.

“It was the color of the elite. An omen of vanity, greed and pride,” she added.

Read on for a selection of projects that make the most of this versatile color:

Photo is courtesy of Stiliyana Minkovska

Ultima Thule by Stiliyana Minkovska

London based architect Stiliyana Minkovska designed three undulating childbirth chairs collectively called Ultima Thule, which provide women with extra support during childbirth.

Each of the ergonomic chairs is available in a shade of light purple and is designed to help women position themselves for a more comfortable childbirth.

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Purple trapeze dress from the In Between collection by Sun Woo
The photo is by Gang Dong Woo

In between by Sun Woo

south korean fashion designer Sun Woo ChangThe In Between collection aims to provide wearers with a “portable home” that can be easily folded up.

Other items in the 13-piece collection is this two-tone floor-length gown which is purple on the front and lilac on the back. Steel wire and PVC tubing were used to create rings around the dress, much like designing a pop-up tent.

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The Winton Gallery by Zaha Hadid Archtects
Photo is by Nick Guttridge

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects

Huge translucent loops form a canopy over this gallery space designed by Zaha Hadid Architects inside the Science Museum in London.

The math gallery was modeled after a wind tunnel for a 1920s airplane, and the studio covered it in purple light to bring objects in the museum’s science, technology, engineering and math collections to life.

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Legorreta Bridge Project
Photo is by David Harrison

Cross Border Xpress (CBX) by Legorreta

Instead of building a wall along the border between Mexico and the United States, as former US President Donald Trump wanted, the Mexican firm Legorreta built a terminal and a bridge to speed up crossings.

The 14,788 square foot (1,374 square meters) walkway connects the existing Tijuana International Airport in Mexico with an airport terminal in San Diego. It’s clad in bold purple paneling that sets it apart from the city’s airport surroundings.

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Feet walking on Yinka Ilori level crossings for Bring London Together
Photo courtesy of Yinka Ilori

Bringing London Together by Yinka Ilori

London-based designer Yinka Ilori temporarily transformed 18 crosswalks in central London, using its circles and colorful lines.

Ilori swapped the traditional black and white stripes for shades of blue, orange, pink, green and purple.

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Operio Latex Clothing Collection by Dead Lotus Couture
Photo courtesy of Dead Lotus Couture

Operio by Dead Lotus Couture

London fashion brand Sewing dead lotus has created a collection of 12 vintage style women’s clothing made from natural latex and faux fur.

In the collection is this shiny purple two-piece that features flared pants reminiscent of the 1970s and oversized buttons, and that wouldn’t be out of place on a character from a Wes Anderson movie.

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Purple architectural columns in a Chinese park
The photo is by Xia Zhi

Penda’s sound wave

Visitors to a park in Xiangyang are greeted with more than 500 bright purple steel fins that are fitted with LED lights and internal speakers playing traditional Chinese tracks.

The facility is located inside Myrtle Tree Garden, a two-square-mile park inhabited by a collection of 1,000-year-old myrtles with vibrant purple foliage.

Beijing-based architecture studio Penda aimed to make the rows of metallic purple columns look like a miniature metropolis.

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Purple furniture by Crosby Studios
Photo is by Mikhail Loskutov, courtesy of the opening ceremony

Furniture collection by Crosby Studios

Russian design company Crosby Studios did not hide his love for the color purple. He used color for a dining table that doubles as a merry-go-round as well as throughout the founder’s apartment in New York City.

This collection of furniture and accessories, which was unveiled at the 2018 NYCxDesign festival, includes designs in a wide variation of purple hues.

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Melbourne by Tom Blachford
Photo is by Tom Blachford

Centro Verso by Tom Blachford

The purple and blue images of Melbourne’s night skyline make up the photographer’s images Tom blachfordexperimental series of.

The photographer used extended exposure times and lens rotation to create images reminiscent of the holograms of ethereal buildings seen in Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner.

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Purple Rain Room tribute to Prince at LACMA
The photo is from Photospice

Rain room by Random International

After the sudden death of beloved musician Prince in 2016, the Rain Room at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was transformed into a tribute to the famous piece by artist Purple Rain. Visitors could play in the purple rain facility without getting wet.

After the song’s release, color became synonymous with the artist, and many works created after his death were based on hue.

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