Since the Design Museum set up its new home in High Street Kensington I have been yet to pay it a visit. That all changed at the weekend when Danny and I popped down to check out one of the new exhibitions; Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius.
At the end of last year the Design Museum took over the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington with engineers restoring the shell of the 1960s Grade II* building. The interior has also been redesigned by architect John Pawson with a wooden and marble style atrium. When you walk in the front entrance you can’t help but look up and admire the high ceilings, numerous staircases and geometric design of the building.
We headed downstairs to the Breathing Colour exhibition, where before you enter you will find a lounge set up with chairs and sofas of all different styles and colours. The furniture has been developed by Hella Jongerius, where you can rest and watch a video or read about some of her theories explored within the exhibition.
Breathing Colour explores colours potential and how light helps colours breathe and come to life. The start of the exhibition starts off in the morning hours, showing how light responds to colours, it then moves onto the evening and concentrates on the shadows of objects.
The exhibition touches on how we live in a digital world where our experiences of touch are becoming more important. Hella states that, ‘the surface and colour of an object defines how we interact with it.’ I think this is more true than ever and it was really interesting to focus on something as simple as colour and how it can affect us.
There are a few exhibitions currently running at the museum alongside Breathing Colour. Explore California or check out one of the free exhibitions, Cartier In Motion guides you through the history of the brand and the iconic watches. Apparently I’m a big fan of the style of watch from the 1920’s, who knew. There is also a really interesting exhibit with a timeline of technology and style with numerous brands helping to contribute. See all the Apple computers going back to the very first Apple, as well as TV’s and gaming. Plus a timeline of iconic items, such as the zip and Adidas trainers.
The Design Museum also has a small cafe and Parabola restaurant, so it is a great place to spend an afternoon or morning.
Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius runs until 24th September. For more info and to book tickets for any of the exhibitions visit designmuseum.org.
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