See this: Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius


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.





Breathing Colour is on display at The Design Museum, London until 24 September 2017.


  • Sarah says:

    Haven’t been yet, was planning to go in the summer, hope it evolves and changes, like design…

  • Carey Barnes says:

    It could be combined with a visit to Lord Leighton’s House which is just a short walk from the Design Museum. The contrast of the two spaces is in itself interesting. Also, they make a very good Negroni in the restaurant at Museum, so all is not lost. (Followed by a walk through Holland Park Gardens it can be a good morning/afternoon.)

  • Sue Evans says:

    I agree, the Design Museum is a huge disappointment. Such a wasted opportunity. This exhibition seems to buck the trend and is definitely worth a trek down Ken High Street.

  • Msd says:

    I look forward to seeing this show and agree it’s nice to pair it with a trip to Leighton House. I’m particularly interested in seeing Jongerius’ palette of blacks.

  • Jane says:

    definitely worth it Sue and I will check out Leighton House – can’t believe Ive never heard of it.


    J x

  • Amanda says:

    Leighton House is divine, on my top three list of ‘houses I’d like to live in’ I can’t believe we’ve not written about it and by coincidence I’m going shortly to see the Alma-Tadema show, which opened last week and I’ve heard is dreamy. I’ll write a review of the show ASAP A

  • Wow..very nice images and info..thanks

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