Singapore-based creative collective Monocoque has realized Chromaticity, an installation that seeks to explore the manipulation of light and its influence on the perception of colours.

Chromaticity started out as casual lunchtime banter in Monocoque’s office on how colours are terribly misrepresented from screen to print. Having to deal with colours on a daily basis, this unapologetically led to a full-blown discussion of why colours are well, the way colours are.


Chromaticity strips the intricacies of colour theory and its science down to a leaner approach in engaging visitors with this installation.

Colours hues are arranged naturally in an array across the room. Saturation or “colour richness” are being tiled with increasing value from bottom up, per column of hue or individual colours of the rainbow. This recreates a recognisable hue palette creatives use in their daily colour work.


By introducing a third dimension in this seemingly limited two dimensional space, folded tetrahedrals form the base element to tessellate the colour array. When a light source from the room hits a tessellation, differing facets receive a variation of light, hence creating colour’s third dimension, lightness or commonly known as “value”. At first glance, it may appear that each triangle consists of three distinct colours, but in truth it is nothing more han a simple play of lights and shadows.

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all images courtesy of Monocoque Service Design