The V&A Book of Colour in Design available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The V&A Book of Colour in Design

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'This thematic approach to the V&A’s vast collections sees objects grouped by colour, thus considering the many ways in which a particular hue can be imbued with meaning. Whether it be a fashionable obsession for a particular gemstone or the political power of purple, V&A curator Tim Travis offers an entirely new way of appreciating works of art and design.' - Arts Society

A beautifully presented survey of design and the applied arts, explored not by use, material, form or date - but by colour

The V&A Book of Colour in Design is attractively simple: a celebration and exploration of colour, as revealed through objects in the world-class collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Structured by colour, it offers fascinating insights into the choices made by designers and makers from across the world and throughout history. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction that considers the history, symbolism, and use of an individual colour.

Objects - from items of jewelry, textiles, glassware and ceramics to furniture and more - are reproduced in a visual selection that explores the varied hues of every colour. However different objects within each section may be in their detail and meaning, they are united by their common colour, revealing surprising connections between them. Throughout, narrative captions bring together disparate items from across the V&A's collection to explore the universal significance of colour in art and design.

Beautifully designed, this highly visual, colour-led survey of design and the applied arts is a compelling sourcebook with broad appeal for anyone interested or involved in all aspects of visual culture.

  • Author: Tim Travis, Curator in the Word & Image Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Hardcover: 304 pages | 450 colour illustrations
  • Date published: October 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500480274
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 20.7 cm

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