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 Jill Pilaroscia

Jill Pilaroscia

“Life in Color” is co-authored by architectural color consultant Jill Pilaroscia (pictured), BFA, and creative writer Allison Serrell. Pilaroscia’s firm, Colour Studio Inc., is based in San Francisco. A fully accredited member of the International Association of Color Consultants, Pilaroscia writes and lectures widely on the art and science of color.


Color Champion: Frank Stella
By Jill Pilaroscia

One of the most important artists of the last century, the formidable Frank Stella... READ MORE

POSTED JANUARY 13, 2017 | 1 COMMENT

Color Benefits Schools
By Jill Pilaroscia

The school environment is a clear example of how color shapes human experience and behavior. Unfortunately, many public-school color choices are relegated to administrative and maintenance staff.... READ MORE

POSTED NOVEMBER 2, 2016 | 1 COMMENT

Colorful Destinations
By Jill Pilaroscia

Wanderlust runs deep in summer, so this month we’ve rounded up some of the most colorful places on earth to whet the appetite for travel. From a sea of golden flowers in China to a rainbow-hued idyll ... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS

Painted Ladies: The Colorist Movement
By Jill Pilaroscia

Colour Studio principal Jill Pilaroscia played a pivotal role in San Francisco’s colorist movement, which spawned the popular “Painted Ladies”—fancifully painted Victorian houses for which the city is... READ MORE

POSTED JULY 25, 2016 | 3 COMMENTS

Color Shock: Sandy Skoglund
By Jill Pilaroscia

Sandy Skoglund is a conceptual artist and photographer based in New Jersey. She began creating life-size installations in the early 1970s. By the late 1970s, she became interested in photographically ... READ MORE

POSTED JUNE 2, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS

Color Sensation: Robert Swain
By Jill Pilaroscia

This month we’re eager to share the work of Robert Swain, a painter whose 50-year career has focused on the dynamics and subtleties of color... READ MORE

POSTED APRIL 22, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS

Graphic Color: Massimo Vignelli
By Jill Pilaroscia

This month we pay tribute to the incomparable designer Massimo Vignelli (1931-2014), whose influential modern aesthetic hinged on primary colors and graphic forms. ... READ MORE

POSTED MARCH 22, 2016 | 1 COMMENT

Collected Color: The Harvard Pigment Library
By Jill Pilaroscia

As color experts, we're always excited to share new developments in the field with our readers. This month we're delighted to report that the Forbes Pigment Collection at the Harvard Art Museums is no... READ MORE

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2016 | 1 COMMENT

Rich Color: Top Boutique Paint Brands
By Jill Pilaroscia

Why bother with boutique paint? To start, many luxury paint brands offer deeper, richer and more complex colors based on high-quality pigments derived from minerals and clay. ... READ MORE

POSTED FEBRUARY 2, 2016 | 1 COMMENT

Best of 2015: Eye-Popping Books on Color
By Jill Pilaroscia

For the holiday season, we’ve selected a few gorgeously illustrated new books in which rich color takes center stage.... READ MORE

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS

Artist Records Emotions in Color
By Jill Pilaroscia

Portuguese designer Luis Giestas recorded his emotions, at every hour, for 300 days, and laid out the result in a series of color-coded diaries. The project started as an exercise in dealing with anx... READ MORE

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS

The Colorful Dynamics of Glass
By Jill Pilaroscia

As the San Francisco skyline welcomes new silhouettes to its configuration, Colour Studio has had the opportunity to be involved in color selections for various high rises going up in the area. ... READ MORE

POSTED OCTOBER 21, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS

Brutal Color: The Human Experience
By Jill Pilaroscia

As architectural colorists, we are interested in the role that color can play in creating human spaces within our constructed environments. One example of architecture enhancing the relationship betwe... READ MORE

POSTED MAY 14, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS

Color Icon: Alexander Girard
By Jill Pilaroscia

"Art is only art if it is synonymous with living," Alexander Girard once said.... READ MORE

POSTED MARCH 31, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS

The Colorful World of Tetrachromacy
By Jill Pilaroscia

A wonderful ballet of reds, blues and greens choreographs the rich colors we experience in both our natural and built environments.... READ MORE

POSTED FEBRUARY 2, 2015 | 2 COMMENTS

The Business of Brand Color
By Jill Pilaroscia

When it comes to branding and business, color has the ability to communicate instantaneously without words.... READ MORE

POSTED JANUARY 21, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS

Colorscapes Serve Down on the Test Farm
By Jill Pilaroscia

As architectural colorists, we are often faced with questions about how the materials and finishes we recommend to clients will stand up to the test of time.... READ MORE

POSTED NOVEMBER 4, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS

The Art of Seeing:
Josef Albers and Relative Color
By Jill Pilaroscia

At Colour Studio, our job as architectural colorists is to please the eye—but visual perception of any one color is one of the hardest variables to control.... READ MORE

POSTED SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS

Historic Trends for a Modern World
By Jill Pilaroscia

We have been researching historic color palettes and thinking about what exactly makes a palette "historic."... READ MORE

POSTED SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS

We LIKE This Colorful Series
By Jill Pilaroscia

Being architectural colorists, architecture and color are two words that we think go hand in hand.... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 11, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS

The Ins and Outs of Color Blocking
By Jill Pilaroscia

Often, when we are thinking about color in our daily lives, it’s from the visual perspective of seeing a brilliant turquoise on a passing stranger’s shirt, a particularly striking ad or a colorful arc... READ MORE

POSTED MAY 6, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS

School Rises Colorfully from the Ashes
By Jill Pilaroscia

Last year in Normandy, France, the Jean Moulin Elementary School reopened after a terrible fire burned much of the structure to the ground.... READ MORE

POSTED MARCH 25, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS

Great Apps for Mobile Color Lovers
By Jill Pilaroscia

Apps, apps, apps! We are surrounded by them. They fill up our phones and tablets, and there are more of them everyday. ... READ MORE

POSTED FEBRUARY 28, 2014 | 1 COMMENT

The Purpose of Color:
The Batel Centre of Cartagena
By Jill Pilaroscia

The Batel is the auditorium and convention centre of Cartagena, a ... READ MORE

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2014 | 1 COMMENT

Coloring the Future: LEDs or Paint?
By Jill Pilaroscia

LEDs could replace paint as the future of color in architecture. ... READ MORE

POSTED JANUARY 28, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS

Color Icon: Dale Chihuly
By Jill Pilaroscia

If ever there was an artist known for working with color, it’s Dale Chihuly.... READ MORE

POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2013 | 1 COMMENT

Architecting Color: Emmanuelle Moureaux
By Jill Pilaroscia

This week, we want to introduce you to a fantastic architect with a commitment to color. Emmanuelle Moureaux, a French native living and working in Tokyo since 1996, is an architect and designer with ... READ MORE

POSTED NOVEMBER 25, 2013 | 2 COMMENTS

San Francisco's Color Icon
By Jill Pilaroscia

This post from Colour Studio features one of our favorite San Francisco icons.... READ MORE

POSTED NOVEMBER 7, 2013 | 2 COMMENTS

Making Colorful History:
50 Years after the March on Washington
By Jill Pilaroscia

A recent post on NPR’s “The Picture Show” caught our color-loving eyes. The article focused on the colorization of old photographs—specifically, of the March on Washington 50 years ago. ... READ MORE

POSTED OCTOBER 12, 2013 | 0 COMMENTS

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