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Lessons In Seeing From The Woman Who Revived Le Corbusier’s Color Scale

Color expert Katrin Trautwein “could never live anywhere that has white walls.” Her three-room apartment in Uster, Switzerland is proof of that. But she rejects the “naïve” notion that yellow is necessarily sunny, or that beige is always bland.

Don't drain away the color (Joe Buckingham)
Don't drain away the color (Joe Buckingham)
Ulrike Hark

USTER On my way to visit someone who's made a name for herself as a specialist in color, I expected to be bowled over by optical stimulation. I couldn't have been more wrong.

On entering Katrin Trautwein's flat I had the sudden feeling of being enveloped in a safe cocoon. It feels like evening – but no: it's 2 p.m. As Trautwein, wearing jeans and tennis shoes, leads me through her three-room flat in Uster (near Zurich), she tells me: "This is an evening apartment. It's the only time I'm ever home. If I were home during the day, I would paint the walls in lighter tones."

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