On view at London’s Design Museum, an exhibition by Dutch designer Hella Jongerius explores the shifting perceptions of color in relation to shape, material, shadow, and reflection.
Dubbed “Breathing Colour,” the exhibition is on view through September 24, 2017, and builds on the designer’s extensive research into the modern industrialization of color, which was gathered over the last 15 years. It is divided into three sections—morning, noon, and evening—to survey how color and form behave over the course of a day.
The three segments investigate the impact of changing daylight on the individual observation of color, while a series of faceted cardboard objects called “colour catchers” are also presented throughout the exhibition. The 3-D objects are paired with vases and textiles, collectively serving to contextualize the ways in which changing light effects the colors that are perceived.
The morning portion showcases a series of hanging beads and textiles, which emit a multi-colored glow—revealing the broad spectrum generated when light passes through and refracts off of their semi-translucent surfaces—while the evening segment studies the function of shadows, through physically recreating the shapes of shadows cast by well-known furniture designs.