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  • Published: 2 February 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241573792
  • Imprint: Particular Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $49.99

Chromorama

How Colour Changed Our Way of Seeing

  • Riccardo Falcinelli


The Italian colour bible: a gorgeously illustrated exploration of colour and the modern gaze, from an award-winning designer

Have you ever wondered why so many pencils are yellow? Why black is the colour of mourning? Or why carrots are orange?

In Chromorama, acclaimed graphic designer Riccardo Falcinelli delves deep into the history of colour to show how it has shaped the modern gaze. With over four hundred illustrations throughout and with examples ranging widely across art and culture - from Flaubert's novels to The Simpsons, from Byzantine jewellery to misshapen fruit, from the black lines of Mondrian to the thrillers of Hitchcock - Falcinelli traces the evolution of our long relationship with colour, and how first the industrial revolution, and then the dawn of the internet age, changed it forever.

Beautiful, warm and wise, taking in the lives of philosophers, entrepreneurs, designers, astrologists, shop assistants and pastry chefs, Chromoroma is an engrossing account of shade and light, of tone and hue, of dyes, pigments, and pixels. It is the story of why we now see the world the way we do.

  • Published: 2 February 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241573792
  • Imprint: Particular Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $49.99

Praise for Chromorama

Dazzlingly beautiful. . . A covetable book, perfectly designed, filled with enchanting images and stories. Falcinelli answers an essential question: what are books for? To remind us that nothing is fixed. Tastes, rules, prohibitions. . . everything changes

La Repubblica

One of the most important graphic designers in Italy, Falcinelli takes us on a journey to discover the meaning of colour. With four hundred images featuring comics and architecture, movies and everyday objects, he tells the story of why we understand colour the way we do

Il Libraio

A book that you can hear and taste, read and savour. Ranging widely across ideas and images, it follows in the footsteps of Roland Barthes

Il Messaggero

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