Pantone was founded in 1962 as a small business that manufactured color cards for cosmetics companies. Since their humble beginning, Pantone has become a mainstay for color in the design world. The Pantone Matching System allows colors to be "matched" when they reach the production stages. They also assert that their lists of color numbers and pigment values are the intellectual property of Pantone and free use of the list is not allowed, which is controversial and could be said to cause problems, especially for open source uses. Controversy aside, the world leader in color hasn't stopped with just their matching system and has started to move into taking over the 'universe' of color as well with the launch of Pantone Universe.
Pantone Universe, Pantone's consumer product extension, "comes in color to match your personal taste and express your inner emotions." And since here at COLOURlovers we like our things to be, well, colorful, and since the Pantone Universe site is not that user friendly, we have put together a guide to some of their products.
This guide was inspired by the guide posted over at the wonderful blog, 'If it's hip, It's Here.'
Pantone, and their off shoot of products has been a frequent subject here at COLOURlovers and we have previously covered some of the phones, bags, coffee mugs and art that make up the Pantone Universe, plus a fun post about Pantone Colors Found in Real Life.
Notebooks, file folders and business card holders available here.
"Express your personality and store your creations in style. These durable, aluminum design thumb drives allow you to store your digital photos, music files, business documents, and more on an ultra-small Hi-speed USB flash drive. Available in 14 PANTONE Colors." Shop USB Drives.
Coming soon from Pantone will be a line of basic office supplies like twin markers, colored pencils, staplers, and scissors.
The idea behind the Pantone Universe Eyewear line is to enable the consumer to coordinate their glasses with everything else they own. Each frame comes with interchangeable arms that come in as many colors as you could want. Pantone Eyewear.
"12 tones for 7 days a week make it easier to express individual style: sand, yellow, chewing gum, chocolate, emerald, pink, green, magenta, peach, azure, steel, jeans. Change your style as often you like!" Shop Bags.
Mugs + Bowls + Plates
"We created this collection with Pantone, the authorities on color. Four stories of tonal color on full place settings inspired by actual color swatches. The Pantone color name and number are worked into each piece. These plates are a designers dream and a smart look on the dining table. Eat off plates that are "palette-able"!" mugs bowls and plates.
"Made from birch veneer
50 available in colors selected from the PANTONE for architecture and interiors color palette - includes ranges of Yellow, Pink, Red and Orange
The first twenty orders of this limited edition will be signed by Lawrence Herbert, founder and innovator of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM."
"Created with Patagonian Sheepskin theses rugs are thick, super soft, and still crazy, Panonte 1 is dyed in 3 shades of blue, cool, cooler, and coolest. Pantone 2 comes in 3 degrees of hot." Designed by Gerscovich Brothers. Pantone Rug.
Other Pantone Products
Pantone Kubricks produced by Medicom. Try here.
Pantone Pen prints by Daniel Eatock
To see more products from Pantone start with the post that inspired this one, here. And let us know what other products Pantone is coming up with.
Title Photo by jepoirrier