This year’s London Design Festival shouldn’t be short on colour, as established and emerging designers fill the streets and shops of the capital with a taste of their latest work. However one must-see event for colour lovers, guaranteed to be brighter than most, is Blend, an exhibition by Eidhoven-based multi-disciplinary design studio Raw Color. Showing exclusively at The Aram Gallery, Raw Color will be bringing some of their most celebrated colour projects to London for the first time.
We met Raw Color on The Chromologist before, when we covered their curious, colour-coded still life images. During LDF you’ll be able to see three more of their key colour experiments in a show that is playful, interactive and fun. First up is The Fans, a piece originally made in 2014, and like many of the studio’s works, it is based around the twin ideas of colour and motion. Investigating the physical properties and effects of colour, the team decided to introduce motion as an element that can change the perception of colour. The simple, elegant and addictive piece that came out of this research features simple desk fans with different colours on each blade, which then merge into another hue when the fan starts moving. You can see a version of the piece in this short film.
The second piece in the show is Chromatology, a piece originally conceived as part of a larger show by various artists, drawing on aspects of the work of Vincent van Gogh, premiered in 2015. The work features shredders fed by rolls of different coloured paper. The shredders are activated by a person standing close to them, meaning that as a visitor moves through the piece the coloured strips of shredded paper fall to the floor, the colour quantities influenced by where the viewer is standing. The end result is a unique ‘colour mix’ on the gallery floor.
Lastly a more tangible colour project will be shown in the form of Index, a collection of fabrics including tea towels and blankets, woven to display the exact colour mix of threads used in the weaving process. Here the aesthetic and the practical mix perfectly to create thought-provoking products that are also beautiful and useful.
Raw Color also promise three brand new projects – as yet firmly under wraps – to be revealed at the show. Entry is free and you’re sure to come away with some new colour perspectives, and probably some new palette ideas too.
Raw Color- Blend is on at The Aram Gallery, London WC2B 5SG from 19 September to 29 October 2016.