We have the pleasure to be designers and creators due to photoreceptors that react to certain energy photons. The human eye is a tool to interpret waves transporting energy in the visible spectrum. The advanced mechanism of our eyeball gives us a sense of seeing, but at the end point, all we spot are reflections.
Colour is thus nothing but a chemical fingerprint of each material that reflects light—and lets us see. Our sensory processes constantly interpret all those reflections. Whether scientifically or artistically, they are the sum of experiences that we tend to define as colours, and as a result, emotions.
The perception of colour is a deeply personal and subjective experience, unique to every individual. The human eye is capable of distinguishing millions of different shades and hues, each imbued with its own emotional resonance and symbolic significance. For designers and artists, understanding the nuances of colour perception is essential for creating works that are visually compelling and emotionally evocative.
In Zieta Studio’s designs, we use metal surfaces that reflect and refract light in a multitude of hues. From the soft, warm glow of copper to the cool, icy shimmer of steel, these materials offer a rich and diverse palette for designers to work with.
The colours of metal
One of the key factors in colour perception is how light interacts with different materials. When light hits a metal surface, it is reflected and refracted in a unique way that depends on the surface’s texture, finish, and colour. For example, a high-polished stainless-steel surface will reflect light in a way that creates a bright, shimmering effect, while a copper surface will diffuse the light, creating a softer, more muted effect.
These properties of metal surfaces can be manipulated and enhanced through various techniques of colouring, which results in Zieta Studio’s Collections. The beauty of our metal surfaces lies in their ability to capture and reflect light in a way that is both dynamic and alluring. As light plays across the surface, it creates a mesmerizing display of colour and movement, drawing the eye and stimulating the senses. Whether in the form of a sleek, modern mirror sculpture or elegant, decorative vases, these materials offer an infinite range of creative possibilities which we explore on a daily basis.
At the heart of it all is the power of colour perception, which has the ability to inspire and evoke emotion in a way that is both visceral and deeply personal. For Zieta Studio designers, this is a rich and fertile ground for exploration and experimentation, one that offers endless opportunities for creativity and expression. By understanding and harnessing the power of colour perception, we create objects that are truly captivating and emotionally resonant, works that speak to the very essence of what it means to be a perceptive human.