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Making a Statement

A new color collection has been developed for Akzo Nobel's Sikkens brand by world famous architect Richard Meier.

A new color collection developed for Akzo Nobel is poised for launch which continues the Sikkens brand’s recent tradition of working with famous architects.

Having already collaborated with renowned figures such as Alessandro Mendini, Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas, the latest high profile name invited to make his color statement for the company’s Sikkens business is Richard Meier.

The youngest ever recipient of the Pritzker Prize (the world’s most prestigious prize for architects), Meier has developed the Thirty Colors collection exclusively for Sikkens, a document which reflects the increasing importance being given to the emotional side of coatings.

As well as inspiring people to use color and structure both inside and out, the collection also confirms and strengthens the color expertise of Sikkens, who will be staging a special launch to promote Meier’s visionary palette.

“Nowadays we are not only experiencing colored surfaces with our eyes, but, increasingly, also with our hands,” explained Kees van Elzen, international brand manager for Sikkens who managed the Meier project.

“This tactile and emotional side of coatings has become very important and the new Meier color collection is a direct reflection of this principle.”

An American who has been working on his design style for the last 40 years, Meier’s work includes the new town hall and central library in The Hague, the Netherlands; the Dives in Misericordia Church in Rome, Italy and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain. He also submitted a proposal for the new World Trade Center in New York.

Winner of countless awards, his philosophy is to use whites to capture light and show the range of shades it creates at various times of the day.

(Released: April 15, 2004)

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