Form through Colour: From Bauhaus to Britart
To Somerset House for an exhibition focused on interiors textiles and carpets inspired by three master colourists. Contemporary rug and fabric company Christopher Farr has created limited edition pieces based on designs by the artists Josef Albers, Anni Albers and Gary Hume. Joseph Albers taught at Bauhaus in the nineteen twenties. This textile is based on his Homage to the Square, hundreds of paintings and prints that make up a series, in which he explored chromatic interactions with nested squares of solid planes of colour nested within one another.
This blue rug is also inspired by Homage to the Square.
His seminal book on colour theory, Interaction of Colour was published over 50 years ago and has never been out of print. Yale University Press has recently unveiled the Interaction of Colour App, bringing the reference work into the digital age. He met his wife-to-be, Anni, when she went to Bauhaus to study. Discouraged from studying architecture because of her sex, she instead focused on handicrafts, revealing an aptitude for weaving and textile design.
Christopher Farr has also created some beautiful textiles based on Anni’s geometric and abstract designs
The third element of the show is provided by Gary Hume, the YBA artist famed for his colourful, high gloss painted scenes of everyday life. Christopher Farr has produced a series of rugs based on his Hospital Doors series of paintings.
Of course, any visit to Somerset House is a pleasure, even without beautiful textiles and carpets
The exhibition has now closed but the rugs and textiles are available from Christopher Farr. It’s not too early to drop hints to Santa Claus!