Rainbow Station ~ Daan Roosegaarde et la

December 27, 2014 @ Materia

rainbow-station

If you are near Amsterdam’s Central Station moments after sunset this evening, you may happen to catch this brilliant rainbow. A project developed by Daan Roosegaarde and astronomers at the University of Leiden, the Rainbow Station installation relies on the latest in liquid crystal technology.

Installed last Thursday in time for the holidays, this site-specific rainbow will be displayed until December 2015, commemorating both the 125th anniversary of the station along with the 2015 UNESCO ‘Year of the Light.’

Read more and see the video at Materia

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Colour Futures 2015

October 4, 2014 @ AkzoNobel

copper orange

Unveiled in Amsterdam today, “Colour Futures 2015” is spearheaded by the Color of the Year, Copper Orange, which was selected by an invited panel of independent design and color experts following in-depth research into emerging worldwide trends.

Now in its 12th year, Colour Futures underlines AkzoNobel’s wealth of color expertise and deep understanding of the transformative power of color. This unrivalled know-how not only benefits consumers, but also plays a critical role in the company’s Human Cities initiative, which aims to make city life more energizing and vibrant for people across the world.
Read more at AkzoNobel

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau ~ A. Boogert

May 6, 2014 @ ThisIsColossal

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In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time.

The entire book is viewable in high resolution here, and you can read a description of it here (it appears E-Corpus might have crashed for the moment). The book is currently kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France. (via Erik Kwakkel)

Intimacy White | Intimacy Black

April 8, 2014 @ Dazed + StudioRoosegaarde

1070410INTIMACY is a high-tech fashion project exploring the relation between intimacy and technology. Its high-tech garments entitled ‘Intimacy White’ and ‘Intimacy Black’ are made out of opaque smart e-foils that become increasingly transparent based on close and personal encounters with people. Social interactions determine the garmentsʼ level of transparency, creating a sensual play of disclosure.

Client: Self-commissioned by Studio Roosegaarde.
Guest designers: Daan Roosegaarde with V2_ and Maartje Dijkstra for INTIMACY 1.0, and Anouk Wipprecht for INTIMACY 2.0 with the team of Studio Roosegaarde.

Luke Jerram ~ Just Sometimes

11.10.2012 @ MyModernMetropolis

… like autumn leaves, but bit bigger . . .

Just Sometimes… is an installation by UK-based artist Luke Jerram, in which more than 1,000 umbrellas bob along the Rotterdam canal in a floating swirl of visual sensations. The sea of colorful umbrellas was placed along the canal, temporarily, as a part of the Witte de With Festival. In the piece, the basic functions of an umbrella are literally flipped around as the tops of the protective devices touch the water in upside-down interactions.

Just sometimes by Luke Jerram