COLORS: what it is
A magazine, a website, a series of CDs, documentaries, books and exhibitions
Established in 1991 under the editorship of Tibor Kalman, with the premise that diversity is positive and all cultures have equal value, COLORS is part of the publishing activity of Fabrica, Benetton's communication research centre. COLORS' editorial offices are located in Fabrica's architectural complex, which was restored and enlarged by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. COLORS has a network of collaborators in the four corners of the Earth.
Pictures are, above all else, COLORS' expressive medium: a method that is universal and reaches the greatest number of people with a strong, immediate impact. Using this visual language, COLORS' themes alternate between the challengingly serious; such as ecology, wars around the world, the fight against AIDS, and the frankly frivolous, such as shopping, fashion, and toys.
COLORS is a quarterly magazine read by young adults across the world. It is sold in over 40 countries. Until now, its three editions were published in four languages. COLORS is also a website; one of the most popular and critically acclaimed sites on the internet today.
The full series of COLORS issues was included in the 25/25 exhibition at the Design Museum in London, which featured the 25 most influential design objects of the past 25 years. The magazine has received media accolades from all over the world, such as Good Magazine, an American bi-monthly cultural and lifestyle publication. Good Magazine included the first thirteen issues, under Tibor Kalman’s editorship, in the ranking of the 51 best magazines of all times. The Spanish Daily La Vanguardia described it as one of the trendiest cultural magazines on the world scene. Colors has been also included in Inside the Great Magazines, a documentary trilogy produced that explored the evolution of magazines from their European origins to the powerful influence they have on our social, political and cultural identities.
COLORS’ experience and cultural background has resulted in numerous editorial projects.
A collection based on the idea that music, like images, is a universal medium. COLORS Music selects music from various geographic areas and presents it in a novel contemporary context. Records on Nordic, Ottoman, Rio funk music and Asian Pop have already been produced in co-operation with Irma Records, a Sony Music International label.
1000 Extra/ordinary Objects, 1000 SIGNS and Colors Extraordinary Records were published with Taschen. Hunger and Yellow Pages series were published by Skira Editore. The latest books, Faces and Violence from the COLORSNOTEBOOK series, were published by Birkhäuser.
COLORS has organised exhibitions in prestigious venues in cities such as Florence, Rome, London, Istanbul, Madrid, Barcelona, Maastricht, Budapest, San Francisco and Luxemburg.
A new generation of documentaries by COLURS brought attention global issues, and the stories of ordinary people. The COLORS documentary on the Aral Sea which was 2004 awarded the first prize for documentaries at the Torino Film Festival 2004. Furthermore, COLORS co-produced documentaries with the Swiss TV channel RTSI, resulting in films such as Shanghai Shanghai (an unconventional portrait of the city), Margens (audiovisual diary of a journey on the streets of Brazil) and Hunters Since the Beginning of Time.
COLORS Magazine, Fabrica,
Via Ferrarezza, 31020
Catena di Villorba (TV) Italy
t + 39 0422 516315
f + 39 0422 516297
Luogo di pubblicazione:
Catena di Villorba (TV), Italy
Fabrica S.p.A., Villa Minelli,
31050 Ponzano V.to (TV)
Benetton Group S.p.A., Villa Minelli,
31050 Ponzano V.to (TV)
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