After a brief report on the gap existing between the visual functionality assessed in the constrained laboratory conditions and its applications in the complex, multidimensional, real world, two examples concerning color appearance are described in the former experiment we wonder why a colotimetrically uniform, 10° diam. test field has a uniform color appearance, in spite of the eccentricity dependence of the color naming for a 1° diam exploring spot. It is as if the underlying gradient of responsiveness of the underlying array of photoreceptors were discounted. But this does not tell us what is the actual color appearance. Less distal mechanisms resulting in assimilation or filling-in are to be called into play. In the second experiment we consider as test objects the modern, expensive, flashy cars. Although coated uniformly, under natural outdoor lighting they appear as a complex set of segmented 'regions' differing in lightness and even in hue. However, simultaneously and effortlessly, we perceive a coexisting idealized uniform surface color, probably reconstructed as if the perturbation due to natural lighting, responsible for the segregation into regions, and the gloss responsible for intra-region textures were discounted.