Emerald Designs: 12 Great Finds in Pantone's Color of the Year

We've opened our gifts and toasted the New Year, so it's time to give a proper welcome to Emerald, the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year. While I liked last year's Tangerine Tango, I'm loving the switch to this sophisticated hue, which can go dark and moody or light and lively. Read on for a few of my favorite emerald picks. 

By Sarah Virginia White
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Emerald Forest

An abandonded homestead inspired San Diego-based photographer Adam Jahnke to create this image, which he screened onto a cross-section of an interior wall that he built. Check out his work at White Box Contemporary in San Diego. 


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Help Yourself

Stop by Alexandra Von Furstenberg’s sleek Melrose Avenue boutique for a lesson in Lucite furnishings, and pick up the glowing Tamarind bowl, $708, while you’re there. 

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Atacamite Attraction

Love gems but can’t afford an actual emerald? Atacamite is a rare copper mineral that is being newly mined in Chile, and it develops an array of gorgeous green hues. $45 from New York’s Still House

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Dipped Tapers

Maybe these are more of a “moss” than an “emerald,” but I still love the natural green color (and sweet honey scent) of these hand-dipped beeswax tapers from Seattle’s Big Dipper Wax Works. Find them at San Francisco’s Heath Ceramics, $9 per pair. 

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Lovely Lace

Don’t kid yourself, this dainty beauty won’t block a ton of sun, but this Droog parasol is perfect for those days when you need just a touch of shade. The stencil-cut plastic design features a nature-ready leaf pattern, $435 from Ahalife.


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Ken Price Cards

If you loved the retrospective of Los Angeles artist Ken Price, snag a set of notecards, $16, that feature four of his iconic sculptures currently on display at LACMA, $16. 

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Eerie Emerald

Swedish glass-making brand Kosta Boda added the eerie Still Life skull votive, designed by Ludvig Lofgren, to its line. The emerald is so 2013, but you can also find it in purple, red, and clear, $50 from Neiman Marcus.


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French Cooking

For slow-cooking, stocks or stews, it doesn't get better than Le Creuset's gorgeous enamel cookware. The round french oven in fennel, $150 from Sur La Table, makes a great post-holiday gift. 

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Nail Art

Don’t bother picking this up at a store, when a visit to your local salon is so much more fun. Make your mani-pedi like, so now, with a few coats of Pretty Edgy by Essie

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Precious Cargo

Wrap your iPhone 5 in the rich hue of 2013’s hottest color. Find this snap-on shell, $28, at the SFMOMA Museum Store

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What's Old is New

The streamlined shape of the USM Haller O14 Media console, which was designed more than 40 years ago by Swiss engineer Paul Schärer and architect Fritz Haller, feels fresh in the year’s hottest color. $1,945 from Module R.


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Sartorial Skater

Los Angeles skater style has always been colorful. The Hiker Canvas Authentic in verdant green, $45 from Vans, channels the vibrant street style.  

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