Colour Geographies

An unmistakable symbol of identity, colour is a powerful cultural, economic, and political force in cities and landscapes. Using the richness of the Arles and Camargue palettes, this project harvests new colours in the region, exploring their impact in present and future perceptions of the territory.

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Can we reconnect to the landscape and the territory using colour?

This project recognizes the important role that colour has in the landscape, as a creator and shaper of form and atmospheres. Drawing on the rich environment of Arles and the Camargue region, Colour Geographies encourages designers to reassess the tools at hand, and work with colour as a powerful maker of meaning – not only does colour give meaning to places, but places also give meaning to colour.

Through research and in collaboration with local colour experts, this project dives deep on the study of local pigments and hues. Colour Geographies seeks to define new limits, uses and meanings for the local palette, exploring the underused potential of an element that is not only an intrinsic part of the landscape, but also defines the surroundings in many ways.

Project team

  • Henriëtte Waal

    Associate artistic director, atelier LUMA

    Arles, France

  • Brecht Duijf

    Designer, Buro Belén

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Benoit Dudognon

    Paper maker, Atelier Papetier

    Arles, France

  • Stéphanie Allard

    Paper maker, Atelier Papetier

    Arles, France

  • Amandine David

    Designer, Design Academy Eindhoven

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

  • Ellie Birkhead

    Designer, Design Academy Eindhoven

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

  • Louise Persijn

    Designer, Design Academy Eindhoven

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

  • Sara Daniel

    Designer, Design Academy Eindhoven

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

  • Suna Lee

    Designer, Design Academy Eindhoven

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

  • Noud Sleumer

    Designer, Design Academy Eindhoven

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

  • Gabriel Fontana

    Designer, Design Academy Eindhoven

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

  • Karolina Michali

    Designer, Design Academy Eindhoven

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

  • Master Social Design 2016/2017

    Design Academy Eindhoven

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

  • Jean-Marc Bernard

    Historic building expert, Mairie d’Arles

    Arles, France

  • Marie-Pierre Rothé

    Archeologist, Musée de l'Arles antique

    Arles, France

  • Bice Curiger

    Director, Fondation Vincent van Gogh

    Arles, France

  • Les Olivades

    St Etienne du Grès, France

  • Alex Barré

    Graphic artist

    Arles, France

  • Benoit Barré

    Graphic artist

    Arles, France

  • Jean Emmanuel Roché

    Specialist in the ecology of wetlands - reporter - photographer

    Le Sambuc, France

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