Dr. Hildegard Kalthegener
“Colour is all I know!” – this is how Dr Hildegard Kalthegener sometimes jokingly summarises her career as a sought-after colour expert and designer. She fell in love with colour early in life, first painting pin badges, lamps, door fittings, guitars and bicycles at home, using her talent to buy her first hi-fi system at an early age. Decades later, the designer wrote her PhD thesis on the correlations between artistic creativity and rationally comprehensible reasoning in terms of colour choices. For many years, she has also worked in theoretical and practical contexts as a lecturer in the fields of design, marketing and architecture, throughout Germany and Europe, but sometimes also in Asia. Dr Kalthegener’s clients come from the retail and manufacturing sectors in the furniture, paint, flooring, kitchens and supplier industries. Further customers include design studios and firms of architects as well as universities and industry associations.