Colour flow

Future colour & material

Colour Flow is the annual colour and material guide of Oltmans van Niekerk. Colour Flow relates directly to the long-term directions that are identified in the lifestyle book Vision 2020.

Colour Flow shows how to translate these directions into new colours and materials. These are not limited by season or fashion but attempt to analyse colours and materials for a wider and longer term perspective. Trends with a long term influence that could feature for five years or more.

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Colour flow 2020

The four directions of Colour FLow 2020 reflect the rapid changes taking place in the world and the new dynamics that consequently affect materials and colours.

Evolution of Tenderness explores the effect of colour and material on our feelings and emotions.

The Material Age focuses on long-term solutions and creating social and environmental value for people and systems.

Face of the Earth is a free expression and mixture of cultures, with an earthy and grounded feel, it provides us with a much-needed base.

Experimental digital design is the driver for the colours and materials of Digital Wilderness. The future comes alive through innovative materials and unlimited possibilities. 

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Colour Flow contains visual and tactile information that is waiting to be adapted to your specific product range. The book offers clear colour and material direction for anyone that is working on future product development.


• Annual release, March

• 150 pages of design directions

• Pantone TCX swatches and material swatches

• Key future colours

• Pdf file

For an appointment please contact Els van Niekerk at or call 0031 (0)15 2123359.

You can order Colour Flow 2020 here