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We live in un­set­tling times. You know what I mean by this. In short: any­thing can hap­pen. The odds are that the un­likely will oc­cur and not only oc­cur but es­tab­lish its un­like­li­ness in main­stream cul­ture, thought and prac­tise. Then, at some point, the un­likely be­comes the ev­ery­day. This is what is hap­pen­ing to colour in in­te­ri­ors. Colour used to be the rank out­sider, the most likely to not re­ally suc­ceed. We liked it in the­ory, but much like re­cy­cling, elec­tric cars, go­ing ve­gan and Uber, we were less keen on the ex­e­cu­tion. Take teal. Three years ago the think­ing was: okay, but just a bit. So long as there is 99 per cent more taupe in the room to tame it. We had this idea that colour needed man­ag­ing; it was risky. It’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause colour is a strong emo­tional kicker, so yes, it is risky. It is mood al­ter­ing and works in sub­lim­i­nal ways.

But to­day, colour in in­te­ri­ors is as much a part of our life as re­cy­cling, ve­g­an­ism and ap­p­con­trolled taxi ser­vices. We are fine with it. In fact, we wel­come it. It doesn’t need man­ag­ing and, as a so­ci­ety that is now so risk fa­tigued, we view colour as a friend. It’s taken a while, but we are let­ting colour do its job – to make our homes feel more in­spir­ing to us. With the ex­cep­tion of dec­o­ra­tor Dean van Aswe­gen.

His his­toric Jo’burg apart­ment re­boot is a noc­turne in the plush­est shades of soot and tar meets emu egg white and al­mond milk – nec­es­sary to tame his very colour­ful life, I’m told. But, for the most part, this is­sue fea­tures rooms rap­tur­ous with colour. Green car­pets, orange walls, pink book­cases and a blue kitchen are some of my faves.

Then there is dec­o­ra­tor An­drea Graff ’s paean: ‘My favourite colour is colour’. In her self-penned pro­file (be­cause she is a rib-crack­ingly funny racon­teur) she re­counts her own ad­ven­tures in de­sign.

This month, Condé Nast House & Gar­den Gourmet is also back as a mag­a­zine-within-a-mag­a­zine and it’s jam-packed with the need-to-know win­ter recipes, from the usual sus­pects – broths and roasts – to more un­usual crowd pleasers – ve­gan ribs, any­one?

It all makes for a high-oc­tane Tech­ni­colour tour de force that’s sure to bring a whole lot of much needed colour – and com­fort – to you this sea­son.

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