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Barbara Glasner & Petra Schmidt

Birkhauser, 2009
320 pages
380 colour & b+w illustrations
ISBN: 9783034600927

Designers and architects have to make decisions regarding colour every day. But how does one find the necessary inspiration? The appropriate colour? How do other designers and artists deal with the issue?

This illustrated book provides answers to these questions and makes it clear that colour is much more than mere decoration it is one of the central problems of creative work. In the process, Chroma embraces the sensuous experience of colour, inspiring and seducing the reader with unusual projects, from industrial products to colour field painting. The book presents works by younger designers like Stefan Diez and Arik Levy as well as famous artists like Ellsworth Kelly.

All of the works are presented in large-scale reproductions and also in a kind of colour gradient, in which they are assigned to the chapters "monochrome," "polychromatic," and "achromatic." The spectrum encompasses all conceivable shades and combinations, from brilliant and colourful through tasteful and subdued all the way to black-and-white contrasts.

An additional chapter analyzes the work of outstanding artists, architects, and designers like Gerhard Richter, Konstantin Grcic, and Sauerbruch Hutton, who grapple with colour to an unusual degree and have formulated characteristic chromatic worlds. An alphabetical index provides background information on the artists and studios selected.


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