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For designers like myself, Pantone represents the definitive authority on color and each year savvy trend followers in fashion, product, retail and interior design alike look forward to the much anticipated announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year. Color forecasting influences everything from the color of your home furnishings and paints to cars and cosmetics. This year’s announcement of the 2012 PANTONE Color of the Year—Tangerine Tango, was made extra special by being celebrated in partnership with premiere furnishings and home décor showplace, Las Vegas Design Center (LCVD) located within World Market Center Las Vegas. As reported by AP Newswire, the December 20th celebration, held in conjunction with AIA, ADAS, ASID, IIDA, NEWH, NKBA, designMINDS, newly formed local chapters of IDS and WithIt, marked “the first time any Design Center has partnered with Pantone to execute a celebration of the highly anticipated Color of the Year in a large-scale event.”

The evening’s festivities opened with a presentation by Pantone Color Institute® Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman describing how the color of the year is chosen as well as some of the influences that go into the decision. In a video of her presentation Eiseman states “There really are reasons why a color comes into prominence.” and proceeds to describe how a blend of world influences, people’s mood and even the economy play a role “We travel the world and we look at what influences we’re seeing from many different cultures. From the standpoint of what people are getting more accustomed to, what they’re seeing. And also, we try to get a bead on people’s feelings about where we are in the state of the economy now.” Eiseman’s comments were reflected by the event invitation request that “In recognition of the difficult times that our community continues to face,…” attendees “…bring a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy to benefit the Las Vegas Three Square and Toys for Tots charities.”

Tangerine tango accents decorated the space from the centerpieces to the performer’s costumes. Some of the event highlights including an aerialist performance and of course, tango dancers can be seen on the LVDC image gallery.

Eiseman characterized Tangerine Tango as a “… color that’s going to give us something to smile at and be comfortable with.” I couldn’t agree more.

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