My series of Chromarama tapestries received a Dezeen Awards 2021 nomination for Best Homeware Design. Chromarama also won 3rd place in the Dezeen Awards 2021 public vote.

Chromarama launch exhibition at De Wasserij in Rotterdam  © Roza Schous
Chromarama launch exhibition at De Wasserij in Rotterdam  © Roza Schous


Chromarama is a series of five woven tapestries specially designed for different forms of colour blindness, while equally appealing to those with full colour vision. The aim of Chromarama is to address the neglected role of visual limitations in design.

Within the design field and design education there is little knowledge and attention for people with a reduced ability to distinguish colours from each other. Guidelines have been drawn up for functional design, such as the design of maps, signage and software, but there is still much to improve. Impaired colour vision is almost never taken into account in the aesthetic or decorative use of colour.

Colour Vision Deficiency

For most of us, colour is an obvious part of our visual perception. Yet 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women have some form of colour blindness. This equates to 1 person in every classroom and 300 million people worldwide.

Colour vision deficiency (CVD) differs from person to person and there are different types of CVD. The Chromarama design research visualises how people with reduced colour vision see and experience colour, by designing textiles from a colourblind perspective. Each tapestry has its own function, designed for a specific type and severity of CVD.

TextielMuseum | TextielLab

The tapestries are developed and produced at the renowned TextielLab, the professional workshop of TextielMuseum Tilburg. Together with product developer Judith Peskens, my designs are translated into jacquard woven tapestries.

Checking samples at the TextielMuseum | TextielLab
Checking samples at the TextielMuseum | TextielLab  © Iris Tempelaar

Dezeen Awards

Dezeen is one of the most popular and influential architecture, interiors and design magazines. Dezeen Awards is their annual awards programme, now in its fourth year. It identifies the world's best architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the most outstanding work. To first being longlisted and subsequently shortlisted for a Dezeen Award 2021 with my Chromarama tapestries is an ultimate expression of recognition.


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