... Although the Missonis designed as a couple, Mr. Missoni, known as Tai, was the technician, plotting patterns that were inspired by Guatemalan, Aztec and Incan textiles or Abstract, Impressionist and Art Deco paintings. He designed on graph paper, mapping out shapes with startling combinations: primary colors that did battle with earth tones, and polka dots that chased whirling stripes through kaleidoscopic prisms. Mr. Missoni once wrote that he created a chromatic harmony by adding a third color to two clashing ones.
“Color?” he wrote. “What can I say? I like comparing color to music:
Only seven notes and yet innumerable melodies have been composed with
those seven notes. How many basic colors are there? I don’t remember
exactly, seven perhaps, like the notes of the scale, but how many tones
or shades does each color have? An infinite number, just as always
endless are the hues and nuances composing a work of art.” (NYTimes story on the passing of 92-year-old designer Ottavio Missoni who was born in Dubrovnik)