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Brief Published: 4 Dec 2017

Playful Design: Colour Gradients & Illusions

Orijeen, Color Flow

A growing number of designers are producing brightly coloured furniture and accessories that offer an upbeat and light-hearted aesthetic during uncertain times. Aligning with our Playful Optimism A/W 19/20 Colour Spectrum direction, we highlight new designs that employ chameleonic colour gradients and optical illusions to incite interaction and play.

  • Korean studio Orijeen has produced two storage collections featuring lenticular surface coatings that change colour as the viewer moves around them, creating the illusion of depth. The Color Flow series comprises a curved cabinet and wardrobe that shift from vivid yellow to blue, or pink to blue, while surfaces in the Color Words_Hangeul series transform from Korean alphabet graphics to intense blocks of colour.

  • Amsterdam-based design team Rive Roshan’s latest release is the Trichroic Table, a colour-shifting glass design produced in collaboration with Dutch artist Van Iwaarden. The tabletop is composed of three sandwiched layers of glass printed with fine coloured stripes that create a lenticular effect when viewed from different angles. The product launched at Dutch Design Week 2017 – check out our Colour & Materials report.

  • Density Ripple screen prints by Dutch designers Atelier Mats and Anne Ligtenberg explore the interaction between different graphic gradients and colours, creating complex visuals that encourage viewers to inspect the artworks from different distances. When viewed from afar, fine coloured lines blur white space into pastel gradients, while up close they reveal an intricate web of patterns.

For material directions relating to this theme, see Playful Optimism: Materials. For more products with changeable surfaces, see Phase-Changing Colour, Colour-Changing Nanopixels and Colour-Changing Watch.

Orijeen, Color Words Hangeul
Orijeen, Color Words Hangeul
Atelier Mats & Studio Anne Ligtenberg
Rive Roshan