The new The Design Museum is something of a disappointment in my opinion. Miles from anywhere vaguely interesting (unless you combine a visit to the V&A) it is a beautifully designed space, but there is little to see or do there, as the permanent exhibition hasn’t change from the previous venue and the shops and cafes are not interesting enough to make the journey for. It seems like such a wasted opportunity to do something ground breaking, interactive and contemporary.
The current exhibition however is worth the trip, espescially if you are a lover of colour. Breathing Colour by Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, is an installation-based exhibition that examines the way colour behaves, by exploring shape, material, textiles, shadow and reflection.
Using woven fabric designs, ceramics, constructed cardboard, furniture and light, the different displays question our preconceptions of colour and embrace experimentation. The exhibition is divided into separate spaces that explore daylight conditions at specific times of the day – morning, noon and evening – and the effect changing daylight has on our perception of colour.
The exhibition is divided into separate spaces that explore daylight conditions at specific times of the day – morning, noon and evening – and the effect changing daylight has on our perception of colour.
‘I’ve tried to reveal colour’s full potential and how light helps colours breathe and come to life. It is designed to make us question colour – one of the most elemental aspects of design. My ultimate aim is to pit the power of colour against the power of form.’
‘With this exhibition, I hope to build an archive and create a tool for understanding colour. I want to show a broader perspective than the industrial palette and demonstrate how powerful colour can be in transforming shapes and objects’ – Hella Jongerius.