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Pantone announces its fall colors

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pantone has already let the cat out of the bag when it comes to its 2015 Color of the Year — Marsala. But now, it's shining the spotlight on nine more colors for the fall.

The Fall 2015 Fashion Color Report is partially a nod to unisex sensibilities and what the organization describes as "progressive moments in American history," most notably the 20s, 60s and 70s.

“Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette.”

Joining Marsala are shades like Desert Sage, Dried Herb, Cadmium Orange and Amethyst Orchard, blending earthy neutrals with bold accent colors.

Here is the complete run-down of fall colors:

  • PANTONE 16-0110 Desert Sage
  • PANTONE 18-4214 Stormy Weather
  • PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff
  • PANTONE 17-0627 Dried Herb
  • PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala
  • PANTONE 18-4726 Biscay Bay
  • PANTONE 15-1340 Cadmium Orange
  • PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose
  • PANTONE 19-4326 Reflecting Pond
  • PANTONE 17-3628 Amethyst Orchid

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Smart home market pegged for double-digit growth

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It's no secret to anyone that the smart home industry is taking off in a meaningful way. But a new report from MarketsandMarkets suggests it's poised for near-term growth even larger than what some experts have predicted.

The report, titled "Smart Homes Market by Product (Energy Management System, Security & Access Control, Entertainment Control, and HVAC Control), Protocol and Technology (Protocol, Cellular Technology, and Communication Technology), Service (Installation, and Customization), and Geography (North America, Europe, APAC, and ROW) – Trend and Forecast to 2020", pegs the smart home market at a CAGR of 17% between 2015 and 2020, totaling $58.68 billion by 2020.

This compares to its valuation of $20.38 billion in 2014.

'Even though the concept of smart homes has been in existence for a long time, the market has witnessed a profound growth, mainly during the last five years," said the organization in a statement.

According to the report, the market will remain strongest in North America, where a boost in construction, as well as high adoption rate and product development activity, is expected to support the growth of smart home.

In other parts of the world (such as Asia-Pacific and Europe), the need to conserve energy will drive further demand for smart homes as well.

MarketsandMarkets also predicts that the currently fragmented smart home market is poised for consolidation. Some of this is already beginning to take place, what with the emergence of integrated platforms like Apple's HomeKit.

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Here’s KitchenAid’s new line of French door fridges

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KitchenAid is coming out with a new-and-improved collection of built-in French door and bottom freezer refrigerators.

"Built-in refrigerators bring a seamless, high-end aesthetic to the kitchen," said Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. "Our latest built-in French door and bottom freezer refrigerators are crafted with unique visual elements on the outside that hint at the superior performance inside."

Among the design elements Robinson is referring to are the Satin Textured Handles, which feature a cross-hatch texture for easy cleaning and a no-slip grip.

Inside, the Preserva Food Care System is now available in all built-in French door and bottom freezer models to provide superior control of humidity, ethylene gas and odors. Up until now, it had been a feature in freestanding refrigerator models.

Other features include the SatinGlide Crispers with Soft Self-Close, automatic ice makers with built-in filtration, LED lighting and more.

The new line will also include a 36" model for the first time ever, providing a slightly smaller alternative with the same organizational features.

The fridges are the first part of an entirely new collection of KitchenAid appliances to be released. There is more to come soon, beginning in April.

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