Colour Flow 2023 - Physical book

Future colour and material

The next age of transition is by no means a predictable one; it is an act of imagination.

The new Colour Flow 2023 embodies a time of transition. 2023 is a year full of colour. The palette is warm and optimistic, inviting you to create unique colour combinations to express personal preferences and individual colour identities.

The four directions explore the colours and materials that will be important for 2023. Colour Flow is an annual colour book, that zooms in on colour transition and seasonless colours. Products must last longer and colours are no longer defined by separate stories. All colours are unique, created by hand in the studio of Oltmans van Niekerk. 

Colour Flow 2023 seeks maximum communication through colour, the colours shun uniformity and are designed to be uplifting.

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.

Colour Flow shows how to translate the directions identified in Vision 2023 into new colours and materials. These are not limited by season or fashion but attempt to analyse colours and materials for a broader and longer-term perspective, trends with a long term influence that could feature for five years or more.


• Annual release, May

• 110 pages of design directions

• 40 Textile and paper colour swatches

• Innovative material swatches

• Pdf file

Colour Flow 2023 is available as a physical book and as a digital version plus CMF box and four digital updates.