Spectrum (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Spectrum (Victoria and Albert Museum) : Heritage Patterns and Colours

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This simply structured and highly original book analyses the palettes that have been used by designers in the creation of furnishing fabrics and wallpapers from the 15th century to the present. The colours used in each pattern are presented in a simple proportional grid, giving a clear understanding of hues that have been expertly combined at different periods to create the designs we continue to admire and emulate.

Spectrum opens with a brief introduction by interior design expert Ros Byam Shaw, exploring the history of colour as used in interiors. The fabrics and wallpapers that follow are arranged chronologically. Each is reproduced on its own double-page spread, and is accompanied by a brief narrative-style caption that provides information about each fabric or wallpaper and its significance in the context of interior design. Unique in such a book are the colour grids shown beside each pattern, in which the colours in the original piece are shown in proportion to their use, and with their CMYK references to enable designers to replicate these colours in their own work.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 185 x 240 x 25.4mm | 1,070g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 117 Illustrations, color
  • 0500480265
  • 9780500480267
  • 207,199

Table of contents

Introduction * About this book * About these objects * 15th century * 16th century * 17th century * 18th century * 19th century * 20th-21st century * Further reading
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'A great decorating source for understanding the history of colour' - ELLE Decoration '[Gives] a real insight into the minds of print designers and the colours of the time' - Period Living 'Delve into the history of colour palettes used in furnishing fabrics and wallpapers from the 15th century to the present day' - Metro 'A soothing, inspiring book in which you can lose yourself for hours' - The Lady 'True fabric devotees will devour this book with relish' - English Home 'Perfect for pinpointing the moment your favourite shade of dusky pink or sage green first found popularity' - House Beautiful 'A fascinating insight into what makes a compelling design, and how our palette returns time and again to certain combinations' - Town & Country 'This valuable sourcebook is a fascinating visual history of colour' - House & Garden 'Every day, I turn a page to discover a whole new world of design, pattern and colour ... it's become something of a daily affirmation' - Today's Quilter
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About Ros Byam Shaw

Ros Byam Shaw is a journalist who writes on design and interiors for The World of Interiors and House and Garden. She is the author of Farrow & Ball Living with Colour and Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour as well as numerous other books on historic houses and interiors.
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