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Breathing Colour – the Colour Catchers

  • Year: 2017
  • Material: cardboard, high quality paint by kt.COLOR
  • Dimensions: approx. 60 x 60 x 65 cm
  • Commission: Initiated by the designer
  • Category: Exhibition
  • Category: One-offs / experiments

The Colour Catcher is a constant object to see shadows, hollow and convex surfaces and reflections, to make visible tactile colours in varying lighting atmospheres. A study on the colour of shadows. Objects in grey tones placed on colourful fields.

If we fold a piece of coloured paper a few times, we get several divided or sliced colours. Each plane of each folded surface acquires its own tone. The vertical surfaces are darker, the horizontal ones catch most light.
When shadows hit these surfaces they also fracture into many shades, where every fold or bend creates a new palette. The folded surface reveals the layered quality and refraction of a single colour. The folding turns the form of an object into a generator of new colour tones.

The Colour Catchers were designed for the exhibition ‘Breathing Colour’ (on display at the Design Museum London from June 28 through September 24, 2017).

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

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