The Colour Wheel

Travelogue by Matthew Giffin uses all the colours of the colour wheel - primary and secondary- and the effect is playful, dynamic and sophisticated. All the colours are used in perfect proportion. Such a strong work is balanced by two wonderful photographs by Dieter Hessel. One is Zipper which is echoes some of the motifs and colours in Travelogue and the other is Flatiron which refers back to the abstract cityscapes the painting.

This is not a colour palette for the faint of heart. The other elements in the room need to defer to the artwork. Major furniture pieces and carpets should be quieter in colour. Decorative elements can be more vivid but graphic in shape and unfussy. White walls are the best backdrop. Glass and lighting designs by Ettore Sottsass look really at home with everything else.