Reunion Island identity

Collaboration project between Design Academy Eindhoven students and Reunion Island craftsmen. I found the energy of the island really fascinating. My starting point was a deeper look into the colour identity of the island and the vibrant culture of Reunion. Resulted in a colour dictionary for the islanders

and the craftsmen to reveal the rich culture through colour.

Stilllife photography was the main inspiration. I spent 10

days on the island taking images of everyday life, details of architecture, nature, food and a lot of other things. I found 

it important to show the diversity of colour and how things around the island influence each other aesthetically.

 

I like to work manually when it comes to colour research. Every project starts like this, with colour painted swatches and a layout wall to see the overview. After this phase, I turn to digital colour, but mixing the colours before really helps to dive into the project.