The Design Museum shows its true colours

Monochrome lovers, look away now. Until 24th September, our friends at The Design Museum are playing host to industrial designer Hella Jongerius and her spectacular ‘Breathing Colour’ exhibition. Acclaimed Dutch designer Jongerius offers up an installation-based exhibition that takes a deeper look at the way colour behaves, exploring shapes, materials, shadows and reflections.

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius, photo by Luke Hayes

The glory of imperfection

Blurring the boundaries between art and design, this exhibition combines intriguing shapes with extensive research. It prods at our preconceptions of colour and embraces its imperfections and eccentricities.

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius ©Roel van Tour

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius ©Roel van Tour

The colour of dusk

Described as “a fascinating journey through colour theory”, the exhibition is divided into separate spaces. Each one simulates daylight conditions at specific times of the day – morning, noon and evening. These three phases explore the impact of changing daylight on our perception of colour. Each installation includes a series of three-dimensional objects as well as textiles. Some are hand-woven while others are produced on industrial looms.

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius, photo by Luke Hayes

This is an essential exhibition for all those obsessed with colour. Form an orderly queue behind us…

Breathing Colour will be running from 28th June – 24th September 2017 at The Design Museum, 224 – 238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6A. Book yourself a ticket here.


Kathryn Bellamy


Farmer’s daughter turned Londoner, writer and interiors lover Kathryn lives in Battersea with her boyfriend and chilli plants. When she’s not writing or re-decorating, she’s working on a series of children's books. At the weekends she regularly swaps London for Devon or Herefordshire.

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