ISSUE 8  |  Oceania

A Line of Subtle Paint Colors from New Zealand

February 25, 2016 6:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

When we discovered that New Zealand interior designer Katie Lockhart, the proprietress of one of our favorite online shops, Everyday Needs, had just released a line of paint pigments with Drikolor, we dashed off an email to learn more. Here’s what we found out.

For her new line, Everyday Needs Colour, Katie drew inspiration from her travels (a doorway on NYC’s Bleecker Street; the white floor of Le Corbusier’s chapel at Ronchamp, France; the smudgy gray of the Manhattan Bridge) and from her domestic life (the pale blue hue of her husband’s favorite shirt).

The 17 colors in the line are brought to life via Drikolor’s polychromatic tinting technology, which uses granulated pigments that produce deeper-than-usual shades when mixed with a base paint. The pigments, with names such as Sun Day, June Leaf, Shirt, and Grey Nellie, are meant to be mixed with the corresponding four-liter base and are available through Everyday Needs and Drikolor.


Above: The Everyday Needs Colour Palette Pack is available to purchase for $20 NZD ($13.37 USD).


Above: The powdered pigment Clay, $60 NZD ($40.12 USD), is mixed with Drikolor’s Interior Base Paint, $79 NZD ($52.72 USD). The color is shown here in an editorial photo shoot styled by Katie and photographed by Harriet Were.


Above: Ronchamp White is a pigment matched to a paint chip found on the floor of Le Corbusier’s chapel in Ronchamp, France. The minimalist packaging is designed by Brogen Averill; the pigment bottles inside are by Jamie McLellan.


Above: Living Room is named for a color Katie mixed for the walls of her own living space. It mixes with Drikolor’s Deep Base Paint, $79 NZD ($52.72 USD). Photograph by Neeve Woodward for The Everyday.


Above: Shirt evokes the subdued blue of a crisp men’s shirt.


Above: Hessian is a color based on Katie’s design for the cellar of the French Café in Auckland. Photograph by Darryl Ward.


Above: Bedroom is a soft and calm color suited for the bedroom.


Above: Shop Green is the shade seen on the interior walls and shelves of Everyday Needs in Auckland.


Above: Gardener is a dark olive green color that was originally mixed for the floors of the Everyday Needs store in Auckland.

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