Dhaka, Aug 21 (AP/UNB) - There was a time not that long ago when designers were tearing out anything terracotta-colored, whether it was tile, painted walls or upholstered furniture. A darling hue of the '80s, the brownish orange — evocative of terracotta earthenware — was considered dowdy and done.
But like so many examples of decor's fickle temperament, terracotta's come roaring back for another turn in the spotlight.
And this isn't the muddy, old-fashioned color you might be remembering.
New takes on the hue bring in light to deep pinks, or the ochre tones of a sunset. Pair those with today's trending palette of graphite, blues and creams, and you've got something fresh yet friendly.
Benjamin Moore's color specialist Nivara Xaykao says the popularity of pink over the past few years has paved the way for stronger iterations of the palette. But there's also something more happening, she says.
"Because terracotta is literally drawn from the earth, it evokes that connection with nature and craft and working with the hands. It's a warm, rich color, so it has energy to it," she says.
Taking the edge off that intensity are terracotta's brown tones, making it comforting, something welcome in today's stressful world.
If you're thinking of paint, look at Benjamin Moore's Warmed Cognac, Audubon Russet or Saddle Soap. From Behr , there's Glazed Pot and Balcony Sunset. From Farrow & Ball , try Red Earth or Terre d'Egypt.
At the design site Modsy , Vice President of Style Alessandra Wood loves the new earthy neutrals.
"They're warmer and more inviting than some of the cooler color trends of the past few years," she says.
To avoid that '80s/early '90s, overly Southwest feel, she advises: "Opt for sculptural pieces, chic textures like velvet and minimal styling."
On the furniture front, many pieces now are trim, tailored. Upholstered seating, matte-finished metal side tables, nubby textured fabrics; this is furniture with a modern vibe, so the color looks sophisticated. As for accessories and other elements, look for ceramics, glassware and hints of the hue in textile prints or wallcoverings.
Wood mentions the curvy Rory side chair from Harper, available at Chairish . Its mahogany frame is covered in a soft rust velvet. "It makes it feel super contemporary," she says. "And if you really want to lean into the earthy trend, the Terracotta Sperduti print bed from The Inside is an amazingly beautiful print that blends warm earthy tones with a terrazzo vibe."
Hem's Kumo modular sofa system from Norwegian design team Anderssen & Voll is offered in a fiery, rust-hued wool they call Canyon.
Joss & Main's Charlie sofa comes in a sumptuous rust velvet, and there are some lovely patterned rugs here too.
Target has several well-priced side chairs in versions of terracotta, from Ashley, Handy Living and Christopher Knight Home. Also here, Saffron's slipper accent chair, in a simple burnt orange/cream lattice pattern that would fit into many décor styles.
Big Chill , maker of popular retro-style appliances, offers a slim fridge in an earthy hue called "red beige." Kate Marker, a designer in Barrington, Illinois, put one in the kitchen of a rehab project; the fridge's toffee-like pop of color is a great foil for a mix of homey vintage furnishings, salvaged wood pieces and creamy white surfaces.
For smaller accessories, West Elm's terracotta floor vases bring in the handcrafted vibe. A hand-painted pattern of graphite, cream and terracotta makes the Sway Low bowls as much art pieces as serveware. Material Kitchen has a sandy-hued cutting board made of recycled plastic and renewable sugar cane.
Blueprint Lighting's Ludo wall sconce features a wine-glass-inspired aluminum fixture enameled in a rich, deep hue, clasped in an articulating brass arm — perfect for bedside, or to illuminate a cozy nook.
Xaykao says the key to using terracotta successfully is restraint.
"It's great on an accent wall to show off artwork, textiles, open shelving or a beautiful headboard in the master bedroom. It can also be used to evoke materials like wood or leather, so I'd take a cue from the fixtures around you," she says. "For example, terracotta could look lovely in a kitchen with gold hardware. A little bit of the color can go a long way, so it's all about balance. I wouldn't do a whole room in the color, especially if it's a large room — the color needs space to breathe, so mix in some whites, neutrals and paler colors."
Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) – Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) took the initiative to discuss the life and works of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through a lecture series titled Bangabandhu Memorial Lecture and the 2nd episode of this interactive lecture series was held at BSA’s National Theatre Hall on Tuesday.
Eminent writer Selina Hossain presented her lecture titled ‘Manobik Dorshoner Wriddhwo Manush: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ (An Enlightening Man with Humanitarian Perspective: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) In this episode the writer discussed about several aspects, incidents and works of Bangabandhu’s life.
The program commenced with one minute silence as homage to all the martyrs of the tragic 15th August. Shilpakala’s children troupe then performed two songs- “Dhannya Mujib Dhannya” and “Joto Din Robe Padma Meghna”, dedicated to Bangabandhu.
The event was the second installment of BSA’s initiative of presenting hundred memorial speeches on the versatile life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The inauguration ceremony was commenced on 7th August, which featured the first lecture by National Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam titled ‘Political Leadership in Bengal and Bangabandhu’.
Dhaka, August 17th (UNB) - The 13th death anniversary of country’s legendary poet Shamsur Rahman was observed on Saturday.
Different socio-cultural organizations took out various programmes to mark the day.
Jatiya Kabita Parishad and Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote placed wreaths at the grave of the poet at Banani in the morning. The death anniversary of this eminent poet was also observed at his ancestral village in Raipura of Narsingdi through various programmes.
The beloved poet was born on October 23, 1929 at his grandfather’s residence in Mahut-Tuli, Dhaka. He completed his education from Pogose High School, Dhaka College and Dhaka University.
Emerging in the latter half of the 20th century, poet Samsur Rahman achieved nationwide fame with a total of 112 books including 67 books of poetry, four novels, a short story and six translations. He was noted and considered as a key figure in Bengali literature- as well as an urban poet, columnist and journalist.
Throughout his poetic journey, he always focused on themes such as human relationships, romanticism, liberal humanism, democracy, religious fundamentalism, enormous patriotism etc.
He made his professional debut as a journalist for the ‘Daily Morning Sun’ in 1957. In a long career as a journalist, he served as the editor of a national daily named ‘Dainik Bangla’ and the ‘Weekly Bichitra’ in the 1980s.
Rahman’s first book of poetry ‘Prothom Gaan Dwitiyo Mrittyur Agey’ (First Song before the Second Death) was published in 1960. ‘Biddhasta Nilima’ (Destroyed Azure - 1967), ‘Neej Bashbhumay’ (In One’s Own Motherland - 1970) and ‘Bondi Shibir Theke’ (From Confinement in Enemy Territory - 1972) are some of his prominent books of poetry.
He also has translated poetries and published collections such as ‘Robert Froster Kobita’ (1966), ‘Robert Froster Nirbachito Kobita’ (1968) and ‘Khawaja Farider Kobita’ (1968). Apart from that, he also translated William Shakespeare’s much acclaimed drama ‘Hamlet’ into Bengali.
Rabindra Bharati University and Jadavpur University of India conferred honorary D.Lit. degrees upon him. He was also honored with many national and international awards like Adamjee Award, Bangla Academy Award for literature (poetry) in 1969, Jibanananda Das Puroshkar in 1973, Ekushey Padak in 1977, Kabitalap Puroshkar in 1979, Abul Mansur Gold Medal in 1981, Bhasani Purosker in 1982 and Mitsubishi (Japan) Award for Journalism in 1982.
This legendary poet died at the age of 76 on 17th August, 2006 of heart and kidney failure- after having been in a coma for 12 days at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Dhaka, Aug 17 (UNB) – The 70th birth anniversary of Natyacharya Selim Al Deen will be observed with due respect on Sunday.
The Department of Drama and Dramatics of Jahangirnagar University (JU) has chalked out a programme to celebrate the anniversary.
Jahangirnagar University Vice-chancellor Prof Farzana Islam will inaugurate the celebration by bringing out a rally on the university campus on Sunday morning.
Then they will place floral wreaths at the playwright’s grave on JU premises at 10:30am.
A seminar will be held at Theatre Lab of the Department of Drama and Dramatics at 12:00pm, where Dr Jamil Ahmed will present the keynote speech.
Noted cultural personality Nasiruddin Yousuff and Prof Lutfur Rahman will be present as discussants at the seminar to be presided over by Prof Afsar Ahmed.
Selim Al Deen, who is known as ‘Natyacharya’ was born on August 18, 1949 in Feni. He joined Jahangirnagar University in 1974 at the Bangla Department and later he became the founder chairperson of the Department of Drama and Dramatics of the university.
Hangzhou, Aug 15 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Colored potteries, tombs and a skeleton were excavated in a Neolithic settlement, dating back 9,000 years, in east China's Zhejiang Province, according to local authorities.
The provincial cultural relics and archaeology institute said the ancient settlement was discovered in a Neolithic site, located in Qiaotou Village in the city of Yiwu, today known as the world's supermarket.
Excavation of the site started in 2014. So far, an area of about 2,000 square meters has been excavated.
Archaeologists said the settlement is a circular settlement with a mound in the center surrounded by artificial trenches.
A large number of colored potteries were found in the mound, including red and white pots, plates and jars. Unbroken potteries and smashed potteries were also unearthed in some pits.
"This place might have been a venue for sacrificial and ceremonial events of the ancient residents," said Jiang Leping, a researcher with the provincial cultural relics and archaeology institute.
Meanwhile, two tombs and a complete male skeleton unearthed on the site are speculated to be the earliest of their kind in Zhejiang.
Jiang said the red soil at the site is acidic, and further investigation will be conducted to find out how the skeleton could be so well preserved.
Experts said the Qiaotou site belongs to a Neolithic culture known as the Shangshan, which originated in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, China's longest waterway. Nearly 20 Shangshan sites have been unearthed in Zhejiang, with researchers finding evidence of wild rice cultivation in one site.