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The V&A Book of Colour in Design

Tim Travis


A beautifully presented survey of design and the applied arts, explored not by use, material, form or date – but by colour

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Throughout history and in all cultures, designers and makers have been concerned not only with the fluctuating relationship between the form and function of objects, but also with their colour. This unique book explores and celebrates colour in all aspects of design, whether used for decorative effect or symbolic intent. It will transform the way we think about the objects around us that unwittingly define where we come from and who we are.


'Wonderfully arranged into colour-coded chapters ... an interesting and scholarly study'
Homes & Antiques

'A visual compendium of inspiration … ideal for anyone interested in colour and the decorative arts'
Period Living

'Drawing from a deep well of scholarship, this rich book shows that nothing under the rainbow is fixed'
World of Interiors


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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 26.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Publication date: 8 October 2020

ISBN: 9780500480274

Contents List

Introduction • White • Grey • Yellow • Orange • Pink • Red • Purple • Blue • Turquoise • Green • Brown • Black

About the Author

Tim Travis is a curator in the Word & Image Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.