Feeling blue? The colour blue is often used to represent different moods and emotions. Picasso used the colour during his blue period to express melancholy, for Kadinsky blue represented spirituality and the human desire for the eternal. Rothko used it to describe basic human emotion and Yves Klein even patented his own shade of blue called International blue in the 60’s.

For me the colour naturally makes me think of sky and sea, both inspirational and calming but also tempestuous and unpredictable.   There so many different shades from cornflower blue to Egyptian blue, ultramarine, indigo and cobalt blue. Artist Raoul Dufy, famously commented that “ Blue is the only colour which maintains its own character in all its tones…it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another colour – pink”.


Blue is a popular home interior colour (the White House even has a blue room) and at Nkuku, we spend hours deliberating over the various shades. The different materials we work with absorb colour in different ways creating different looks and aesthetics.

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  • Nkuku specialise in eco friendly, fairly traded homeware and gifts. Our products are inspired by the traditional skills of artisans throughout Africa and India. We combine contemporary design with age old traditions, natural materials and sustainable methods of production. We passionately support fair trade and consider the environment in everything we do.