“Colour is something that helps us recall memories and feelings. The steel blue of the ocean on a windy Autumn’s day that gives us chills just thinking of it; bright neon-coloured lights in cities that evoke excitement and energy; and primary-coloured crayons strewn across a table harking back to the nostalgia and innocence of being a child. Narratives like these are driving the Museum of Architecture’s Colour Memories exhibition, bringing the personal stories of architects, and the designs they inspire, to life.” Melissa Woolford, founder and director, The Museum of Architecture
Colour Memories – a new exhibition by The Museum of Architecture and sponsored by Axalta – is dedicated to exploring the role of colour in architecture and design. The exhibition captures the personal colour stories and inspirations of over 20 architects including, Jonathan Hagos’ connections to salmon orange, Harbinder Singh Birdi’s connection to traffic red and Paul Monaghan’s connection to Victorian tile green. Each architect has chosen an Axalta colour sample to best represent their memory.
Speaking about his colour memory Salmon Orange, Jonathan Hagos of practice Freehaus says: “Colours faded by sunlight, whether in reality or on the surface of the photographic prints depicting my childhood, are to me, seeped in nostalgia. No colour captures this more than the faded orange that defines my earliest memories. It was the colour of my parents Opal Kadett, parked outside the first home that I can remember.”
Speaking about Green Chlorophyll, Catherine Pease from practice vPPR said: “(it) represents the colour of plants and nature: soft and calming; playful and ever-changing; innumerable and complex. As part of our work at vPPR, we are drawn to projects where landscape and architecture are intrinsically linked.”
Colour Memories explores personal connections to colour and as well as ideas related to how colour informs the design process. It looks at the history of colour, colour in nature and biophilia, the impact of colour on our psychology and well-being, and the use of colour in architecture today. The exhibition showcases the impact and influence of new movements like Multiform and New London Fabulous and includes content from Studio Mutt and Studio S&M. The role of teaching colour in architecture is considered by Professor Fiona McLachlan, professor of architectural practice at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Antoni Malinowski co-director of Saturated Space at the Architectural Association. Other participants include: Asif Khan, Abre Etteh, Charles Holland, Chris Wilkinson, Katy Marks and Nimi Attanayake.
Speaking about Colour Memories, Dami Babalola, architecture colour expert at Axalta Powder Coatings UK, said: “Axalta Powder Coatings is pleased to be working with 20 talented architectural practices on this unique project. In this uncertain time we have decided to be flexible and create an entirely digital exhibition which showcases the personal associations we have with colour. We hope to highlight the wide variety of colours Axalta has to offer, as well as our commitment to providing the design community with the best and most creative colour solutions for their projects.”
The exhibition includes exclusive interviews between Melissa Woolford, founder and director of MoA and James Crawford and Alex Turner from Studio Mutt, Hugh McEwen and Catrina Stewart from Office S&M and Paul Monaghan of AHMM and content from architectural writer Harriet Thorpe and architectural historian and curator Owen Hopkins.
- Abre Etteh
- Asif Khan
- Atelier La Juntana
- Beasley Dickson
- Charles Holland
- Citizens Design Bureau
- Hawkins Brown
- Morris + Company
- Office S&M
- Studio Aki
- Studio Mutt
- Unscene Architecture
Colour Memories by Museum of Architecture is sponsored by Axalta Powder Coatings