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128 COLORS: A SAMPLE BOOK FOR ARCHITECTS, CONSERVATORS AND DESIGNERS
Katrin Trautwein

Birkhauser, 2010
Spiral Bound
296 pages
128 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9783034603171

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Colour is a complex subject influenced by standards, fashions, and trends. We derive our ideas and concepts from colour theories, intuition, and personal preferences. The colour swatches and systems for describing colour today are based on purely quantitative principles and include well over 1,500 colours.

More than ten years ago, the colour chemist Katrin Trautwein established a pigment factory, starting out from Le Corbusier's colour palette. She now has more than 900 recipes for paint from which she has proposed‚ based on her work with architects, designers, and historical preservationists. A selection of 128 colours that produce pleasant results on their own and also combine well are presented in this book. Each colour isaccompanied with a sample; their potential uses and significance are also discussed.

Katrin Trautwein has lectured throughout the world on how to approach colours, given seminars, given expert opinions, advised architects, taught painters, and worked as a restorer.

 

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