The Italian colour bible: a gorgeously illustrated exploration of colour and the modern gaze, from an award-winning designer
‘Fresh and exciting, like an unopened packet of coloured pencils. Countless thought-provoking facts to ponder over, beautifully written’ Coralie Bickford-Smith, author of The Fox and the Star
Why are pencils yellow and white goods white? Why is black the colour of mourning? What connects Queen Victoria’s mauve gown and Michelle Obama’s yellow dress?
In Chromorama, acclaimed graphic designer Riccardo Falcinelli delves deep into the history of colour to show how it has shaped the modern gaze. With over four hundred illustrations throughout and with examples ranging widely across art and culture – from the novels of Gustave Flaubert to The Simpsons, from Byzantine jewellery to misshapen fruit, from Mondrian to Hitchcock’s thrillers – Falcinelli traces the evolution of our long relationship with colour, and how first the industrial revolution, and then the dawn of the internet age, changed it forever.
Beautifully designed, deeply researched, and written with warmth and wit, Chromoroma is an engrossing account of shade and light, of tone and hue, of dyes, pigments, and pixels. It is the story of why we now see the world the way we do.
Fascinating. A mine of ideas and questions, suppositions and facts. Although Keats mourned the rainbow's unmaking, Falcinelli, in drawing his myriad-hued references together, weaves a different magic into its arc -- Rachel Campbell-Johnston * The Times * Fresh and exciting, like an unopened packet of coloured pencils. Countless thought-provoking facts to ponder over, beautifully written. Falcinelli made me see the world in a new light -- Coralie Bickford-Smith, author of The Fox and the Star A fascinating montage history of the perception, money and technology behind colour, running across the spectrum all the way from dragon's blood to E120 -- Owen Hatherley, author of Trans-Europe Express A book that not only makes the world brighter and more complex, but which sharpens our sense of how that world might look differently and might be made differently. Falcinelli has a luminous appreciation for human creativity, and a passionate and quietly radical sense of the richness of experience possible outside of modern mass-production. Chromorama is a luxurious and immersive work -- Sean Hewitt, author of All Down Darkness Wide This book is a wonderful celebration of the impact of colour on our lives, and a reminder that so much of the world we take for granted has had the thoughtful eye of a designer behind it -- Stefanie Posavec, co-author of Dear Data Dazzlingly beautiful. . . A covetable book, perfectly designed, filled with enchanting images and stories. Falcinelli answers an essential question: what are books for? To remind us that nothing is fixed. Tastes, rules, prohibitions. . . everything changes * La Repubblica * One of the most important graphic designers in Italy, Falcinelli takes us on a journey to discover the meaning of colour. With four hundred images featuring comics and architecture, movies and everyday objects, he tells the story of why we understand colour the way we do * Il Libraio * A book that you can hear and taste, read and savour. Ranging widely across ideas and images, it follows in the footsteps of Roland Barthes * Il Messaggero * I've been reading Chromorama, a new book about colour by Riccardo Falcinelli, an Italian designer. I'm learning a lot. What do visitors think of the orange wallpaper in my office? Apparently, it boosts my word count dramatically, but it seems it may depress other people -- Rachel Cooke * The Observer *
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