Remember how we said at the beginning of the year that we love an “invitation to innovation”? Well, I suppose you could say we RSVP’d.

Pantone, an X-Rite company and global color authority, announced PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid as the color of the year for 2014.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, calls Radiant Orchid “An invitation to innovation … [a]n enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.”

LightArt is pleased to present our Radiant Orchid pendant studio series. Inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014, we designed, built, and illuminated some radically radiant creations. Keeping in mind Eiseman’s reference to creativity and confidence, this charming color incited our latest studio exploration.

Color, light, and texture provide the spark of inspiration. Using 3form material in a custom C3 layup, our sheet of “Radiant Orchid” Varia Ecoresin comes to life at the hands of our artisans in the Seattle Studio. Check out these fantastic fixtures!

"Fronds" - By James Coury

With flowing organic lines and graceful elegance, the layers of James’ fixture give surprising range and depth to the single color. Inspired by the calming swirl of palm fronds on a lazy beach, this pendant shows the tranquil side of Radiant Orchid.

"Coral" - By Meg Graham

Starting with an intricate laser-cut coral pattern, Meg’s fixture works equally well as either a pendant or a table lamp. Both the material and the cast shadows captivate the viewer, evoking the mystery and wonder of Radiant Orchid.

"Spades" - By Ryan Smith

Playing with the theme of orchids and floral forms, Ryan’s pendant is a flowering tangle of spade-tipped petals. The wild gestures explore with the expressive, creative side of Radiant Orchid.

"Breaking the Veil" - By Nick Van Strander

Inspired by mycology, the form of this fixture mimics a mushroom’s veil as it releases the spores. The purple hue transforms the structure from natural to alien, giving the piece an aura of surreal drama.

"Thought Bubble" - By Alexis Schmidt-Pederson

A sculptural material study, this piece uses a cascade of chaotic, circular forms to create splashing, dynamic shadows. Intentionally exposed, the bare bulb blazes as the iconic representation of a creative idea.