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Color Rush!

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An exhibition that organizes the Vitra Design Museum collection by color.

Every year, the Vitra Design Museum (VDM) organizes a presentation that puts its permanent collection in a new light. For 2022, VDM has invited Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis, whose work focuses on the exploration of color, to curate the exhibition. Completely devoted to color, the Color Rush! exhibition at the Vitra Schaudepot offers a new way to enjoy the impressive VDM collection. The show highlights the way color plays a central role in the world of product and interior design. Organized by color, around 400 items from the museum’s collection immerse visitors into a one-of-a-kind experience that also puts the designs in a new perspective. In one space, color becomes the connecting thread through different eras, design movements, and styles.

Designs from the 1800s to the present day.

Sabine Marcelis collaborated with the museum collection curators to select the pieces for the show. Set against translucent panels in various shades, the objects represent different color groups. Historical and contemporary texts from the museum archives accompany the designs, giving more context while also providing a glimpse into the way different designers approached color in their work. From neutrals that create cozy moods to vibrant hues that often accompany unconventional designs, the exhibition allows visitors to discover the depths of color theory and to also learn more about the effects of different materials and finishes.

Color Rush! brings together designs from the 1800s to the present day. The show features objects and furniture from iconic designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Naoto Fukasawa, and Enzo Mari. Documents from the museum’s archives include Verner Panton’s sketches as well as design drawings and concepts created by different designers and artists. Finally, RAL, Munsell, and Pantone Matching Systems color charts complete the presentation. The Color Rush! exhibition runs from May 14 2022 until May 14 2023 at the Vitra Schaudepot, in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Photography © Mark Niedermann, Jürgen Hans.

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