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Breathing Colour – exhibition at the Design Museum London

  • Year: 2017
  • Commission: Initiated by the designer

From Isaac Newton to Bauhaus teacher Johannes Itten, the most influential colour theorists have relied on their personal experiences. Drawing from decades of her own research, celebrated Dutch designer Hella Jongerius has created a new series of objects and experiences that inspire us to look more deeply at colour. ‚Breathing Colour‘ is an exhibition that reveals how colour behaves, and how it is affected by factors such as shape, texture and light.

The way we experience colour depends on the quality of light. However, the quality of light – especially daylight – changes throughout the day. In the exhibition – on display at the Design Museum London from June 28 through September 24, 2017 – you will move through spaces and see installations that explore the relationship between colour and light at different times of day.

We see the world in a rich mix of colours, but we rarely appreciate how complex they can be. We often view colours as consistent, categorised by paint charts and standardised colour systems. Colours were once produced by mixing pigments into infinite permutations, but now we select them according to a name or code on a chart.

Jongerius argues that the processes of industrialisation have narrowed our experiences of colour. This exhibition explores how we can ‚let colours breathe‘ again and look at them in a more intimate and personal way.

For more information on the exhibition, visit www.designmuseum.org.

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