Bernat Klein: Design in Colour | National Museum of Scotland

Art. 35
5 November - 23 April 2023

Explore the life and career of Bernat Klein, one of the 20th century’s leading forces in modernist design, in this free exhibition marking the centenary of his birth.

A Serbian-born textile designer, Klein settled in the Scottish Borders after the Second World War, setting up a textile business in Galashiels which would go on to supply his innovative fabrics to some of Europe’s top fashion houses.

Throughout his 40-year career, Klein worked across fashion and interiors, colour consultancy and industrial design. His design philosophy influenced fashion, fine art, interiors, architecture and colour theory, while his 1957 home, by renowned architect Peter Womersley, is one of the Scotland’s best examples of domestic modernist architecture.

Learn about Klein’s creative process and career through objects such as paintings, textiles, garments and examples of product design and branding, and discover how his design ethos continues to inspire designers today.