Color design in the Bauhaus laboratory of wall-painting


  • Michela Rossi Dipartimento di Design Politecnico di Milano


Color, lighting, visual perception, digital, design


Representation is the weak element in color design. It actually seems to condition the expression of color in the project. The la always favored the design as a media between design and building, by the use of conventional codes and symbolic languages, which are able to unambiguously describe formal characteristics that couldn’t possibly be described in detail in the technical representation on scale. Even for the representation of the color, there is a long tradition of attempts to obtain an unambiguous identification through geometric conventions, mathematical coordinates and numerical formulas, but this can only marginally affect the tradition of architecture and interior design. This is due to difficulties in reproducing the elaborate, which forced to use watercolor drawings (colored or otherwise) in the original. The effects of representation tools on the project, and therefore the possibility of remote control of the color, required an investigation of the color’s representation when it becomes a decisive feature in the characterization of the inhabited space and therefore a research element for architectural and interior design. [...]


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How to Cite

Rossi, M. (2014) “Color design in the Bauhaus laboratory of wall-painting”, Cultura e Scienza del Colore - Color Culture and Science, 2, pp. 55–60. Available at: (Accessed: 28 June 2022).