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Colours: Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Norman Foster, Alessandro Mendini Paperback – 1 Jul 2001

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Three of today's great architects and designers reveal the colours which feature most significantly in their work. *The nature of colour should change - no longer just a thin layer of change, but something that genuinely alters perception" and this stipulation of Rem Koolhaas is echoed by the world famous architects and designers Alessandro Mendini and Norman Foster. In this volume, they present between them a total of 90 colours - each covering half a page - accompanied by comments on the background, the significance and the applications of the colours. The studies of colours from each office form the basis of this book, and were previously only available in extravagant individual editions. With this comprehensive and consistent presentation of the varying approaches to colour, we have a compendium which shows the wide use of colour in today's technologically advanced architecture with its modern, post-modern and deconstructive orientation. The range of examples of the colours in practice includes load-bearing structures, facades, interior designs, furnishing and the entire spectrum of product design.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By arch theory reader guy - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book should be called 60 colors because the Koolhaas section is a total joke. He baiscly has 30 pages of ex-employee bios and then a color swatch of their favorite color. What a waste of paper. No explanation of how they used the color or why they choose the color. Norman Foster and Alessandro Mendini do a better job, each includes about a paragraph about how they used/chose the color in their respective 30 colors.

My suggestion, buy it used and only pay 2/3 of the asking price.
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Okay 19 Oct. 2009
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An okay book, as previous reviewers have mentioned, this is not an depth discussion of colour usage in architecture. Rather it is sort of a vague discussion about color.
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