'Who told you that one paints with colors? One makes use of color, but one paints with emotions'           Jean Baptiste Corot

History of  Color


  •  1500 BC Egypt  Ebers Papyrus: Used color in medicine, develops 'color cures' in Ancient Egypt.

  • 600 BC Greece  Both Pythagoras & PlatoStudents of the first Metaphysical Mystery School, expanding the use of color in medicine. 

  • 460 - 377 BC Greece  Hippocrates: Developed diagnostic approach, developing the practice of color diagnosis. This remained undisputed for several centuries.

  • 1642 - 1726 Great Britain  Sir Isaac Newton: Physicist - Responsible for current understanding of the Optical Spectrum.

  • 1749 - 1832 Germany  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Philosopher, writer, and politician proves how the brain processes color and includes emotional responses, expanding on our sensory perception of color.

  • 1900 - 1988 United States  Faber Birren: Author and color theorist, links human perception of color to both emotional and physical response​s.

  • 1910 - 1996 Germany  Dr. Heinrich Freiling: Institute of Color Phycology - Studied with Dr. Lucsher & Founded the IACC.

  • 1923 - 2017 Switzerland — Dr. Max Lucsher: Institute of Psycho-Medical - Measurement of individual's psychophysical state based on color preferences. 

  • 1947 - 2015 Germany  Frank Mahnke: Architect / Color Scientist - Expanding the practices and teachings of Goethe and Birren, studies color and human response in the built environment:  Gillian's Mentor.



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IIDA_ Director Residential Design
CMG_ Color Marketing Group 
IACC,NA_ President Elect, Emirati
PUBLICOLOR_ Benefit Committee

Gillian C. Rose: Environmental Design, from Parsons School of Design: is a Canadian transplant, whose interior design and color science consultancy emanated in NYC, and now calls Los Angelas, home. 


As a color scientist, Gillian works to ensure the positive integration of intention within the built environment.  Her consultation process includes supporting the function of space, avoiding over and under-stimulating spaces and creating places that are suited to its inhabitants.

An accredited member of the International Association of Color/ Design Consultants North America, Gillian uses the psychological and physiological impact of color on the human experience to bring exceptional creativity and tailored design to each project, irregardless of their size. 

Past multiphase clients include,  Boston Convention & Exhibition Center;  a palace on London's Kensington Palace Gardens;  rebranding of The Barbizon Hotel into luxury condominiums,  NY, NY;  Research Departments within Weill Cornell Medicine, NY, NY;  Nasher Art Museum at Duke University, Raleigh Durham, NC; and an integral part of the Museum of Modern Art, Re-Design NY, NY.

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