Objet Trouvé  – noun
an ordinary object, found; a strand of sequins, a beaded flower, thread&buttons etc that is treated as an object of art by the one who finds it.

Origin: France, found object.


Objet Trouvé is one of my 10-colour-palettes, which was inspired by Transylvania; a region in Romania, a country of its own at another time in history, and an example of the fluid maps and ever changing boarders of the world.

My romantic vision of Transylvania is filled with gypsies in colourfully painted caravans, layered skirts, horse whispering and music. I visited at the beginning of spring with my great friend James Merell, when it was as if the whole world was about to bloom. The days were warm and cloudless, crisp in the morning and fresh. The landscape was a vision of soft, muted colours. I can only imagine how different my colour palette would have been if I had come just two weeks later.

Wooden limed houses with terracotta roofs are washed in a variety of pastels: azure blue, yellow Monday, sienna, tangerine, magenta, pinks, salmon, soft mustard, dirty green, mint, lichen, skye blue, grey, maroon and lilac.

This softness spoke throughout our travels and influenced this colourful & fresh palette. In Transylvania, the Objet Trouvé palette unknowingly surrounded me wherever I cast my eyes. Now you can take the beautiful hues of Transylvania and include them in your interior space. Bring the hues of the mountains & Transylvanian sunset into your space with a splash of faded & frayed or pre-loved and treasured. Need to add some colour to your plain white walls? Paint the skirting boards or front door with a subtle & soft threadbare.

Written by Adam TSI Byron — October 29, 2019

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