Inside Aristotle’s Room 

Broken White, Van Abbemuseum, 2016. Photo Peter Cox.

at exhibition Broken White 

Design Academy Eindhoven and the Van Abbemuseum join forces during Dutch Design Week 2016 in Broken White: an inspiring exhibition to recalibrate our understanding of colour. Four designers, working for leading Dutch companies in the surface materials industry, question what we know about colour in contemporary interiors.

Delving into the work of Plato, Aristotle and Democritus, the participants worked with ancient Greek colour schemes, translating them into eight, brand new, main colour identities. The result is a series of bespoke, colourful compositions of different sizes and textures composed out of samples of linoleum, textiles and wallcovering, ceramic tiles and paint and coatings. The samples are arranged according to material and colour, with special attention being paid to materials that change colour or suggest such a metamorphosis.


Christiane Müller, Vescom’s Design Director says: “Although connecting colour to materials is what I do in my day-to-day work at Vescom, this inspiring exercise based on the ancient Greek theory on colour – carried out together with my other colour colleagues – confirmed my conviction that colour never stands on its own.

When using colour in public spaces it is essential to understand the setting in which it will appear, the dimensions and the possible combinations. When materialising colours, it is a designer’s responsibility to be aware of how they affect people. Plato teaches us that colour is not merely a defined pigment description, but rather a combination of elements, each with its own effect. This eliminates the question of right or wrong colours“.


"By dosing the intensity of colour in this installation, by highlighting accents or celebrating colour, a varied tonal layering within the colour families arises, overriding the importance of – or the need for – a preferred colour", Christiane Müller states. "Indeed, what matters most is the interaction between the multiple hues and textures".


Aristotle’s Room is part of the exhibition Broken White and will be on show in Eindhoven at the Van Abbe Museum until the 6th November 2016. Dutch Design Week runs from the 22nd until the 30th of October.


Broken White | Aristotle’s Room

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

08/10/2016 - 06/11/2016

11.00 hrs – 18.00 hrs

Broken White, Van Abbemuseum, 2016. Photo Peter Cox.