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Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colours
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Ros Byam Shaw Caz Hilderbrand
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Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colours

Ros Byam Shaw Caz Hilderbrand


Thames & Hudson

Industrial: Commercial Art & Design;
Furniture design;
Fashion & textiles: design;
Professional interior design;
Interior design, decor & style guides


256 pages

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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.

By:   Ros Byam Shaw
Notes by:   Caz Hilderbrand
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 185mm, 
Weight:   1.080kg
ISBN:   9780500480267
ISBN 10:   0500480265
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Undergraduate ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction * FABRICS * 15th century * 16th century * 17th century * 18th century * 19th century * 20th century * 21st century * Further reading

Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colors brims with over a hundred luscious photographs spanning seven centuries of fabric, wallpaper, and archival documents from the V&A Museum...This book is a rich resource.

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