9 episodes

If you had to choose four key colours that have shaped your life, what would they be? Host Patrick O’Donnell understands how colour works in our homes but also how it works in our heads, our hearts, our identities. As a colour expert for Farrow & Ball he gets to roll his sleeves up and turn people’s colour dreams into realities. So join him for The Chromologist, as he immerses himself in the lives of creatives, designers and performers who share their stories through colour, guided by the Farrow & Ball colour chart. And uncover your own colour story.
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The Chromologist Farrow & Ball

    • Leisure
    • 5.0 • 39 Ratings

If you had to choose four key colours that have shaped your life, what would they be? Host Patrick O’Donnell understands how colour works in our homes but also how it works in our heads, our hearts, our identities. As a colour expert for Farrow & Ball he gets to roll his sleeves up and turn people’s colour dreams into realities. So join him for The Chromologist, as he immerses himself in the lives of creatives, designers and performers who share their stories through colour, guided by the Farrow & Ball colour chart. And uncover your own colour story.
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    The Chromologist: Lucinda Chambers

    The Chromologist: Lucinda Chambers

     Lucinda Chambers is one of fashion’s most influential figures. She’s former director for Vogue and the founder of boutique online retail outlets Collagerie and Colville. In this episode, she invites Patrick into her West London home to share her life in colour – from the coral of her mother’s creativity and her childhood homes to the traditional deep blue of French workwear, which for her symbolises summer, freedom and play. ‘I think a lot of people are terrified of colour. But I always say start with creeping colour. A pop of lipstick, or green eye shadow, or some amazing lilac earrings.’
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    • 27 min
    The Chromologist: Eric Underwood

    The Chromologist: Eric Underwood

    Former Royal Ballet dancer and model, Eric Underwood, welcomes Patrick into the rambling Chiltern farmhouse he’s recently moved to. In the cosiness of Eric’s library snug they talk about his deep bond with his mother which he likens to the expansive blue of the colour Borrowed Light, about his childhood growing up in Washington D.C as a gifted dancer and about his experiences as one of the few professional black ballet dancers. Eric also tells the story of how he came to create ballet shoes for people of colour. ‘The colour of "ballet white" I’ve always seen as quite challenging if you aren’t white. I wanted to change that.’
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    • 23 min
    The Chromologist: Skye Gyngell

    The Chromologist: Skye Gyngell

    Australian, Michelin-starred chef and former food editor for Vogue, Skye Gyngell, invites Patrick into her beautiful restaurant, Spring, at Somerset House in London. Together they savour the story of Skye’s upbringing through her choice of deep, dark greens and bright, bold yellows. She says: ‘If you’ve grown up in a country like Australia, the majesty of nature is so huge, the skies are so vast, the seas are so strong, the earth is so red, it gets into your DNA.’ Skye also describes her passion for soft pink, which is the colour of Spring restaurant and of where she feels her life is now. ‘A lot of my life has been about trying to define who I am. I really wanted Spring to feel female, delicate and soft and to celebrate that it’s a restaurant headed up by a woman.’
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    • 29 min
    The Chromologist: Christopher John Rogers

    The Chromologist: Christopher John Rogers

    American fashion designer and luminary Christopher John Rogers talks to Patrick about the colours of his life, from his studio in Manhattan. Christopher recently collaborated with Farrow & Ball on the Carte Blanche collection - a capsule collection of paint and paper inspired by childhood memories of food and family. In this conversation he shares four colours from that collection. From the rich shallot pink of his early childhood in Louisiana, which makes him think of his mother’s wedding day, to the colour of his life right now which he sees as the rich brown of Cardamom. ‘For me this earth colour is enveloping and sexy and sophisticated and I feel it’s about me being more centred and more grounded in my life.’
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    • 22 min
    The Chromologist: Cerys Matthews

    The Chromologist: Cerys Matthews

    Singer, author and broadcaster Cerys Matthews brings Patrick into her River home in this special episode of The Chromologist. It’s a joyous first meeting and the two discover they share a great love of mud colours, conch shells and the rich greens of the Welsh countryside. Cerys also shares the deep red colour of her Catatonia years. ‘It was a wide old word. A fiery red is always what I think about when I think of my youth,’ she says, ‘And dark saturated red was also the colour of the St Fagan museum in Cardiff where I used to go for comfort in those years.’ Cerys also shares her passion for the writing of Dylan Thomas and she gives Patrick a special narration of Under Milk Wood.
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    • 30 min
    The Chromologist: Kassia St Clair

    The Chromologist: Kassia St Clair

    Colour historian and author of The Secret Lives of Colour, Kassia St Clair, leads Patrick through her pink front door to share her lifetime love of colour. From the beige her father was obsessed with to the bright pink of her mother’s florist shop, she shares colours that connect the different chapters of her life. She also offers up some of her own fascinating colour tales, including the extraordinary story of mummy brown. At her request, Patrick also offers ideas for her yet-to-be decorated family home.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Debbieb18 ,

Life though colour

I never thought of how colour reflects life. Listening to this with the absolutely lovely and knowledgeable Patrick O’Donnell. The guests so far are good and entertaining.

It’s made me think about colours in my life, my first house with a vibrant yellow walls and lime green cabinets, which at the time I loved but now I see old photos just make me laugh and think what the hell was I thinking.

Anyway a good listen.

Darrenwm ,

More than just paint

Stunning as ever. Well done, Patrick.

Sara E Allen ,

Paddy triumphs yet again…🎨🎨🎨

Just listened to the episode with Cerys Matthews - joyous. A fabulous idea to use paint to mark pivotal moments in your life. The warmth & excitement that came out of this episode was bursting through the speakers.
What can’t Patrick do? A huge fan of all the free advice you give on insta - thanks Paddy you’re a joy to listen & learn from…
Sara

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