Welcome to our latest exploration in our Design in Colour Season.
Outside in, Hendy Curzon Gardens Ltd.
Tiffany Blue is the vernacular name for the complex Robin egg blue colour. This colour appears everywhere throughout our natural world, yet when isolated in it’s singular form, say as an object, it can sometimes seem artificial.
Tiffany’s of New York originally deployed the Robin egg blue for its catalogues back in 1845, now known as the iconic Tiffany Blue Book. Since then Tiffany & Co have harnessed the distinct colour for their branding and marketing.
Luxe Interiors, San Francisco
Stairs at Queens House, Greenwich
Drowning Princess by Judas Berra
The colour is the brand, logo and identity of Tiffany so they gained ownership of the colour entirely in 1998, by filing with the United States federal government and trademarking it.
Pantone then numbered it 1837, deriving from the year of Tiffany’s first store door’s opening in Manhattan. As a trademarked colour it is not publicly available and is not printed in the Pantone Matching system swatch books.
The iconic Tiffany Blue Box is trademarked and even the phrase Tiffany Blue Box is the intellectual property of Tiffany & Co.
Through our design in colour season, we surprised ourselves by being drawn to Tiffany Blue, but once we explored it we could eventually articulate why!
Tiffany Blue lies in the blue spectrum but contains a great deal of green. To define Tiffany Blue you could class it as Turquoise. The definition of Turquoise is greenish blue and sky–blue. It’s a colour consisting of hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminium, and there lies verdigris.
Blue pond & Spring snow, Hokkaido - Kent Shiraishi Photography
Tiffany Blue is a mineral, a gem. Its opaque, its effervescent. It’s a moodlifter and it packs a punch.
Stropharia Aeruginosa woodland mushroom
If you think of not just the colour of a Robin’s egg, but the delicacy of the structure of the shell too and how it holds and protects its precious contents - you then realise that Tiffany didn’t just covet this colour by chance.
Lisa Kellner Jellyfish
As you further examine Tiffany Blue it starts to become oddly addictive, a little like Coca Cola!
You can definitely over indulge it, but then find yourself drawn to it again when it is absent from your world!
Tiffany Blue is a colour that exudes elegance when paired with white, and sits happily next to darker blues.
Himalayon Blue Poppy
The colour is cheerful, sometimes feminine, sometimes child like.
It evokes the underworld of the ocean in all of its aquamarine hues and looks crisp, clean and new in its opaque and chalky forms.
2016 will see electric colours like Tiffany Blue, Pinks, Chartreuse, etc. appearing in gardens and homes. Best used as a bolt or shock of colour in contrasting schemes - both in dark dramatic places or pale modern settings.
Marshall Fields Clock
There is something very nostalgic about Tiffany Blue. We love how Tiffany’s have made it so iconic and synonymous with romance, indulgence and bling through their marketing. And maybe Tiffany does want to have it all for themselves and only permit us to ‘buy’ into it, but they will never be able to monopolise it all – just the boxes.
Tiffany Blue Egg Water Feature in The Potager, Kingham, a Hendy Curzon Garden.
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