The origin of the purple color and its name is traced to an ancient Phoenician port city called Tyre where it was first extracted in the form of a dye from sea snails. Called porphyra in Greek and later purpura in Latin, this dye was exceedingly prized because it did not fade, instead becoming brighter and more intense with time. The dye was so expensive, afforded only by clergy and royalty leading to its modern-day, pop-culture association with wealth and power.
In the modern home, purple adds dimension and boldness, especially when combined with the formality and warmth of wood tones like rustic walnut tree-trunk tops of Rio coffee tables by Cattelan Italia, which are dramatically positioned against a velvet upholstered Windsor armchair by Arketipo or the striking contrast between a wooden top dining table and Charm chairs by Tonin Casa upholstered in purple leather.
On the uplifting and spiritual side, purple promotes purity and adds a mystical aura inherent to this extraordinary hue. Such is the case with Bonaldo’s creative choice to upholster the Joe platform bed entirely in purple, resulting in a composition that demands attention without screaming for it.