Breathing Colour


( Above: Exhibition Reference Images ) 


Hella Jongerius’ exhibition Breathing Colour will be on display June 28th at the Design Museum in London.  This installation will take a deeper look at the way colour behaves - exploring sheers, materials, shadows and reflection. 

The Breathing Colour exhibition will contain multiple dynamic elements: textiles, porcelain tiles, colour catchers and 3D colour wheels that together will display the behaviour of light and movement on surfaces. This exhibition will not be only for those in the design industry but also for a larger audience who are drawn to colour in design, art and life. Based on what we know about Hella Jongerius, this is an exhibition not to miss.


( Above: Photography of the Non-Temporary Collection )

Why We Like Hella Jongerius

Hella Jongerius has been under our radar since 2005 with the Non-Temporary Collection - earthenware celebrating the history of Royal Tichelaar Makkum. The title of the collection is ‘spot on’ as the collection shows the production stages from the raw material to the finished gloss. Here at the toi toi toi creative studio, we consider process just as fascinating as the final product, so why not show it.

Our creativity here in the studio has been energized through Hella Jongerius’ exploration in graduating colour shades. With colour experimentation as a constant in her process, she innovates and demonstrates that design has endless possibilities and for this we hold Hella Jongerius at the top of her league.



( Above: Photograph of Designer )


Hella Jongerius formed Jongeriuslab Design Studio in 1993. Along with creating her own designs, she also has created collections for Maharam, Danskina, IKEA and KLM.  Currently, she is head of the Colour and Material Library at Vitra, a company that represents groundbreaking 20th century design. This designer has given an injection of new life to Vitra by developing an intelligent system of colours, materials and textiles that make it feasible to create inspiring environments in offices, homes and public spaces.


"Jongerius has consistently addressed the significance of colours and surfaces in contemporary design in her work with textiles, ceramics and furniture." - Vitra


( Above: Video about Hella Jongerius Produced for The Sikkens Foundation )

Sikkens Prize

Most recently Hella Jongerius has been awarded the internationally renowned 2017 Sikkens Prize which celebrates her extraordinary work with colour. It is one of the most important art awards in the Netherlands and has been awarded to Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Donald Judd, Bridget Riley and most recently architect David Chipperfield.


"Hella Jongerius’ work puts colour center stage. Never one to follow commercial trends, she has developed a use of colour that is uniquely her own." - Board of the Sikkens Foundation


( Above: Book - I Don't Have A Favourite Colour )


To give you more insight into Hella Jongerius’ work, her book "I Don't Have A Favourite Colour"  reveals an understanding of colour, light and materials and presents how this process has influenced and shaped Vitra's Portfolio.  It draws on experiments in her Berlin studio, the colour theories of Michel-Eugène Chevreul and projects by great 20th century designers including Jean Prouvé and Verner Panton, and collaborations with contemporaries such as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Jasper Morrison. You can view and purchase the book on Gestalten’s website.


We hope you are looking forward to the exhibition in London this June just as much as we are. You can view the exhibition dates in our ‘don’t miss’ page, save the date and stay tuned for photos from the exhibition. Leave us a comment in the comment section letting us know what your favourite part of the exhibition is. As Hella Jongerius lives and works in Berlin, you’ll definitely be reading more about her here on toitoitoiluv.


Published: 26/05/2017