Cover The Colour Rush! exhibition, curated by Sabine Marcelis. All photography: Mark Niedermann, courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

The Colour Rush! exhibition at Vitra Design Museum in Germany offers inspiring ways to use colour to a stunning effect, whether you’re charmed by vibrant shades or into minimalist monochromatic schemes.

If you’re the type of decorator that finds unbridled delight in colour coordinating your shelves, this exhibition is definitely one for you. Curated by Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis, the Colour Rush! Exhibition at Vitra Design Museum’s Vitra Schaudepot building in Weil am Rhein, Germany, showcases nearly 400 furniture pieces from the Swiss company’s archives vibrantly categorised by the hue applied to each design.

Running for a year from now until 14 May, 2023, the exhibition features a diverse mix of contemporary styles and iconic pieces across the years, representing myriad ways to use colour in home design. Be they muted neutral tones or sprightly hues, the vibrant array of furnishings and decorative items demonstrate the impact that colour can bring to an interior.

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From Danish designer Verner Panton’s vibrant use of retro-licious hues to Dutch textile designer Hella Jongerius’ s considered use of colour, it’s inspiring to see how hues in different contrasts and tonalities of can imbue various effects on the material and form of each product.

Marcelis herself is as playful with her effervescent use of bright shades, as evident in designs such as the doughnut-shaped Hem Boa pouf and her Candy Cube series; both designs have also been added to the museum’s permanent collection.

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This homage to colour also showcases drawings and historic documents by design legends including Verner Panton and Le Corbusier, which demonstrate how they had each convey their approach to colour through their work.

Oft listed on the go-to lists for design lovers, the Vitra Design Museum showcases not only the iconic collections from the manufacturer, but also a large compendium of notable documents by leading creative talents in the realm of architecture and design. The museum is also part of the Vitra Campus, which comprises a stunning assemblage of buildings realised by celebrated architects including Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron, Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid.

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