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Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius

Breathing Colour by acclaimed Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, is an installation-based exhibition that takes a deeper look at the way colour behaves, exploring shapes, materials, shadows and reflections.

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About the exhibition

We see the world in colour but rarely do we appreciate how colour shapes what we see.

Breathing Colour blurs the boundaries between art and design. Combining intriguing shapes with extensive research; this exhibition questions our preconceptions of colour and embraces its imperfection and experimentation.

The exhibition is divided into separate spaces that simulate daylight conditions at specific times of the day – morning, noon and evening. These three phases explore the impact of changing daylight on our perception of colour. Each installation includes a series of three-dimensional objects as well as textiles, some of which are hand-woven while others are produced on industrial looms.


"A remarkable new show aims to change the way we look at the world" - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, The Times

"Explosions of colour everywhere you look" - ⭐⭐⭐⭐, The Londonist

"Design Museum’s must-see exhibition on colour" - The Sunday Times

"Eye-popping" - Metro

Booking information

Adult £10.50
Student/ concession £8.00
Educational group booking price: £3-£7 per student (groups of 10 or more)
Family (1 adult + 3 children) £17.00
Family (2 adults + 3 children) £24.00
Child (6 - 15 years) £5.50
Children under 6 years free
Members free

10% discount is applied when booking 10 or more tickets online. Alternatively, please contact the Bookings Office (Mon - Fri 10;00 to 17:00) on +44 20 3862 5937 or +44 20 3862 5900.

The Exhibitions Ticket
This ticket allows you entry into both of the current temporary exhibitions
Adult £18
Student/concession £13.50
Family (1 adult + 3 children) £29.50
Family (2 adults + 3 children) £41
Child (6 - 15 years) £9
Children under 6 years free

*Concession tickets include seniors (over 60 years), the disabled and a companion and job seekers.

Last exhibition entry 17:00

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius ©Roel van Tour

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius, photo by Luke Hayes

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius, photo by Luke Hayes

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius, photo by Luke Hayes

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius ©Roel van Tour

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius, photo by Luke Hayes

Meet Hella Jongerius

Read further about the world renowned designer behind the Breathing Colour exhibition, Hella Jongerius, and see her full Q&A.

About Hella Jongerius

The making of Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius

The Jongeriuslab studio a few weeks ago before exhibition launch. Image credit: Jongeriuslab

The Jongeriuslab studio a few weeks ago before exhibition launch. Image credit: Jongeriuslab

Hella Jongerius works on the hanging woven tapestries for Breathing Colour. Image credit: Jongeriuslab

Assembling the Colour Wheel in Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius. Image credit: JongeriusLab

Sketch of a Colour Catcher. Image credit: JongeriusLab

Preparing for the night section of Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius. Image credit: JongeriusLab

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Breathing Colour BSL Tour

A British Sign Language Tour of the Design Museum’s current exhibition Breathing Colour, exploring the work of acclaimed Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.

A talk by Hella Jongerius

On the occasion of her exhibition ‘Breathing Colour’, the designer Hella Jongerius discusses her work and extensive research into colour theory.

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Background image | Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius. Photo by Luke Hayes.