I’ve been reading, and you know what I found out? There are colors that exist which aren’t noticeable to the human eye. Ultraviolet, which some birds and insects can see, is said to be one, and infrared—a color that we can only feel is another example. However, there is one color in particular that will be highly visible and abundant in 2019—and that’s Living Coral (16-1456), the Pantone color of the year.
If you’re not familiar with Pantone, here’s a quick breakdown.
Not to be confused with the popular line of hair care products, Pantone is a corporation of color experts responsible for innovations such as the Pantone Matching System (PMS), which is a system for identifying, matching, and communicating colors for consistency across the print and textile design industries.
Since 2000 (yes, 19 years ago, but who’s counting?), the folks at Pantone have been choosing the color of the year based on color trends in all facets of life such as the entertainment industry, travel, art, fashion, technology, and more, as reported by www.cnn.com.
Indeed, Living Coral is a magnificent color. To the untrained eye like mine, it is a beautiful, delicate fusion of tangerine and blush pink. However, the color experts at Pantone Color Institute™—those responsible for choosing the winning color each year—have a much more captivating opinion. They describe Living Coral as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”
Nice! I think if I were a color, I would want to be Living Coral… (by the way, the graphics you see throughout the article are other complementary terms Pantone used to describe the shade of 2019).
Additionally, choosing Living Coral as the color of the year for 2019 is understood to be an ode of sorts to the coral reefs around the world that are continuously being killed, as seen in this statement by Pantone via the official website: “PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.”
Realistically, the color of 2019 is a strong choice for many reasons including beauty and purpose, but visually, Living Coral doesn’t only have to play to the benefit of those in fashion, home furnishings, industrial design, and product, packaging, and graphic design. The company’s study of how color influences human thought processes, emotions, and physical reactions parallels with the effect food options have on people. So, with this being said, why not apply Living Coral (or a close cousin) to culinary arts as well!
Just to ensure accuracy, I asked our International Training Center chefs which of our products would result in a hue much like Living Coral, and I got a whole list:
- GSI Cup 3 oz Coral – GSIVivid3
- PreGel Always Fresco Strawberry – 305412
- PreGel Coriandolina Coating – Strawberry – 90702
- PreGel Pink Guava Fortefrutto – 09272
- PreGel Raspberry Splenda Sprint – 20701
- PreGel Strawberry Sprint (With Pieces) – 16401
- PreGel Five Star Chef Pannacrema Rose Pastry Compound – 57346
- PreGel Five Star Chef Pannacrema Strawberry Pastry Compound – 77026
We also have a silicone mold with a coral design