How colours ‘breathe’ with light and change throughout the day is something designer Hella Jongerius’ work celebrates. Anyone who has bought something under fluorescent shop lighting only to get it home and find that it looks a completely different colour knows the score. But Jongerius is actually referring to (and rebelling against) ‘flat colours produced by design companies who strive for stability and uniformity’. Her work is currently the subject of a lovely exhibition Breathing Colour at the Design Museum; and Jongerius has been the art director of colours and materials at Vitra for many years and her aim is to show a broader perspective and illuminate the affect of quality of light on colour.
I particularly enjoyed playing around with the objects in the light boxes where changes to the lighting dramatically affects how colours are seen. And the ceramic vases and vase paintings with their colour swatches (above).
Breathing Colour is on at the Design Museum until 24 September. And here are some Hella Jongerius-inspired fancy pants: