The term iridescence derives from Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and refers to a vibrant optical effect of rainbow-like colours that change in the light. Found on pearls and insect wings, iridescence derives from the natural world’s multidimensional colour and organic forms. Since the Middle Ages, designers have experimented with ways to achieve an iridescent effect on the surface of glass and ceramics, and incorporate naturally iridescent materials such as mother of pearl into their jewellery and metalwork. Featuring objects from the Cooper Hewitt’s collection, this exhibition demonstrates how iridescence has maintained a lasting impact on design. Find out more about ‘Iridescence’ from Cooper Hewitt’s website.
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