A Century of Colour in Design – David Harrison
It is easy to think of high end design as being things that are in a muted range of black, white and grey. If you’ve ever met a sequence of (male) architects, all dressed in a uniform of clothing made up almost of entirely of these colours this attitude is amplified, but design (and designers) do recognise that colour has an enormous impact on our connection with an object.
When Apple launched the iMac in 1998 the advert simply said ‘Sorry, no beige’ and thus the first iterations of the computer that changed our relationship with that technology came first in Bondi Blue and then, the following year, in lime, strawberry, grape, tangerine and blueberry. Of course different materials have leant themselves to colour in a way that other materials do not, so the use of plastic for furniture in the 1960s offered an opportunity for colour in design to chime with the times. Verner Panton wrote ‘One sits more comfortably on a colour that one likes.’
This book highlights 250 significant design pieces where colour, design and culture collide.
Hardback. 320 pages.
15.3cm x 21.5cm x 3.3cm