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250 Times Colour Was Core To Design

For lovers of colour and design historians alike, design journalist David Harrison’s new book charts the history of colour in design.

Design journalist and interiors stylist, David Harrison, has new work for us all to consume – or devour. The founder of designdaily.com.au and longstanding contributor to Habitus is well placed to write on the subject matter of his latest book, A Century of Colour In Design.

Published by Thames&Hudson this 320-page hardback book combines an extensive retrospective of classic mid-century designs alongside future classics. Throughout the book 250 objects of design chart the shift from furniture made from wood to the increasing popularity of new plastics that were accessible, affordable, and able to incorporate bright, bold colour.

As Harrison notes in the introduction, any major survey of iconic designs spanning 100 years is a daunting task. But with the colour caveat the pool of work to wade through was significantly reduced. As such products have been included only when colour was integral to the design and also the success of the product.

With a final count of 250 objects of design, Harrison has explored and elaborated on each in detail, from the origins and rationale of the design to the design evolution and mechanics of the end result.

“The aim is to offer a series of snapshots that explore the changing use of colour in interiors over the past century,” he said.

A Century of Colour In Design by David Harrison is published by Thames&Hudson and available now.



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