Earlier this month, Pantone – the New Jersey-based company known worldwide for its standardized color-matching system (PMS) that provides a universal color language for brands and manufacturers – announced its Color of the Year for 2023: Pantone 18-1750 Viva Magenta.
Viva Magenta, states the company, is “a nuanced crimson red tone that presents a balance between warm and cool … [it] is also a hybrid color, one that comfortably straddles the physical and virtual, evocative of our multi-dimensional world. Assertive but not aggressive, it is a carmine red that does not boldly dominate but instead takes a ‘fist in a velvet glove’ approach.”
“As virtual worlds become a more prominent part of our daily lives, we look to draw inspiration from nature and what is real,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Pantone 18-1750 Viva Magenta descends from the red family, and is inspired by the red of cochineal, one of the most precious dyes belonging to the natural dye family as well as one of the strongest and brightest the world has known.”
Companies utilizing Viva Magenta
Here are just a few examples of companies who are already partnering with Pantone to showcase the Viva Magenta color in their own products:
Motorola & Lenovo x Pantone: Motorola will announce a special addition of its newly launched Motorola edge 30 fusion in the Pantone Color of the Year 2023, which will be available globally. In addition to Motorola’s existing mobile category collaboration, its parent company Lenovo is also announcing a broader global technology partnership with Pantone for Color of the Year 2023 that will be exclusive to the PC and tablet category. “The partnership between Motorola, Lenovo and Pantone is one of shared value of—and focus on—the importance of precision in design, innovation and personal expression in color and technology,” notes Pantone.
Spoonflower x Pantone: In what can best be described as a perfect union, Spoonflower – the authority in surface pattern design – and Pantone have partnered for the Pantone Color of the Year 2023 announcement, which includes the unveiling of one-of-a-kind designs by six distinguished Spoonflower Independent Artists featuring a custom color palette. The partnership also includes a quarterly series of four Spoonflower Design Challenges beginning December 2022.
Hydrow x Pantone: Hydrow has launched five new colorways for its Wave Rower, including a special-edition version in the Pantone Color of the Year 2023. “Just as Viva Magenta represents living boldly and fearlessly, the Hydrow Wave Rower isn’t a piece of unsightly equipment destined to be relegated to the garage or basement—it’s meant to be a seamless, bright and welcomed addition to any home, allowing for self-expression and celebration in even the most unexpected of places,” states the company.
LG Electronics x Pantone: At CES 2023, LG Electronics (LG) will present a Viva Magenta color option for its color-changing refrigerator with MoodUP. With the addition of Viva Magenta, the upper door panel of the fridge now offers a total of 23 chic color options; MoodUP users can easily select and apply Viva Magenta – and any of the other available colors – by using the intuitive LG ThinQapp.
Up close and personal with Viva Magenta
Want to get an up-close and personal look at the 2023 Color of the Year?
In Miami Beach, Florida, Artechouse – a leader in innovative, technology-driven experiential art – is partnering with Pantone to produce the Pantone Color of the Year 2023 immersive art experience. Curated and designed by Artechouse Studio, this multisensory exhibition “presents a fully immersive experience that allows guests to feel the power of a hue scaled to fantastical proportions.”
This is the fourth consecutive year that Pantone and Artechouse have partnered to reveal the Pantone Color of the Year and the first time it will be an exhibition open to the public. The exhibition opened during the Art Basel event in Miami Beach beginning December 3, 2022. For tickets, visit artechouse.com/miami.
For more information on the Pantone Color of the Year for 2023, visit: