Why Dorian? Why Orange?

The name Dorian Orange is derived from a system of harmonics created by artist Thomas Hoppe, a system that links color, music, and geometry. At its most fundamental level, the system aligns the twelve tones of a Western scale with the twelve colors of the Munsell Color Wheel. If we are in the key of C (Red), but use the second step of the scale as our ‘tonic’, we are now in something known as the “Dorian Mode”, (famously used by Miles Davis on “Kind of Blue”). In our system, a D Dorian scale in music is a “Dorian Orange” scale in color. The feel of a Dorian Orange scale, the brightest of the minor scales, reflects the personality of our artists and our style as a company: elegant with an artistic edge.