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Azure Magazine November December 2022 Cover: The Residential Interiors Issue

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The annual presentation at the Vitra Schaudepot reveals the collection of the Vitra Design Museum in a fresh light every year. The new focus topic, which will be on display from May 2022 to May 2023, is wholly devoted to colour. Following an invitation from the Vitra Design Museum, Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis has transformed the Schaudepot in one simple, sweeping gesture by sorting its roughly four hundred exhibits by colour.

The installation shows the collection from new perspectives and produces fascinating cross-references between periods and styles, at the same time providing visitors with an overwhelming immersive experience. The presentation is complemented by historical and contemporary objects and documents from the museum archives that illustrate how designers from different eras approached the subject.

The examination of colour is central to the work of Sabine Marcelis, who created the new annual presentation in the Vitra Schaudepot. Shiny surfaces, pastel colour gradients, and refractions characterise her designs. Marcelis made her name in furniture and lamp design as well as through her collaborations with brands like Celine or Hem, which she carries out with her Rotterdam-based studio.

For »Colour Rush!«, the Dutch designer teamed up with the collection curators to select nearly four hundred objects which represent different colour groups and are shown against translucent backdrops in various shades. The resulting colour gradients create an immersive experience that conveys an impressive understanding of the museum’s collection and the colourful history of modern design

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