Sabine Marcelis creates rainbow furniture at Vitra

Sabine Marcelis creates a rainbow of furniture for the Vitra Design Museum

Designer Sabine Marcelis has been asked to create an immersive installation for the Vitra Design Museum, revamping her Schaudepot location into a rainbow of furniture (on view until May 2023)

For its annual exhibition at the Schaudepot designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Vitra Design Museum invited designer Sabine Marcelis to explore her archive and create a visually striking rainbow-inspired furniture arrangement. Titled ‘Colour Rush!’, the exhibition (on view until May 2023) is a fitting project for Marcelis, whose use of color is one of the defining elements of his design practice.

Working with the collection’s curator and nearly 400 exhibits, Marcelis focused on color to present the collection in a new light, eschewing traditional museum display styles to focus on a chromatic narrative. Historical objects and archival documents scattered throughout the exhibition complete the presentation, illustrating how creative people from different eras approached the theme of color.

“Our world is full of colors. Its various nuances release emotions, help with orientation, indicate functions or dangers and mark cultural, political, professional or religious identities,” reads a press release from the museum presenting the project. “Although each of us perceives colors in our own way, all times and cultures have symbols and traditions that are distinguished by specific hues.”

Dubbed “a tribute to the role of color in design across all eras and styles”, the presentation transforms Vitra Schaudepot from a functional archive-style space into a chromatic madness, where color and material take center stage. central to form a deeper analysis of our chromatic. preference when creating the spaces in which we live.

Through the contemporary design objects on display, Marcelis makes us reflect on how color has been used by some of the world’s most influential designers. Examples include Le Corbusier’s graduated palettes and Verner Panton’s vivid hues, which helped define the interior design of the 1960s and 1970s. Panton’s sketches are accompanied by other material by Alexander Girard, Hella Jongerius and many more, while additional scientific insight into the subject is offered by a display of standardized color sorting systems, from RAL to Pantone. §

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