Definitely not a jigsaw for the colour-blind, this puzzle by Clemens Habicht is essentially a picture of a CMYK colour gamut. It covers the whole rainbow spectrum of colour with the HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) model at its upper and lower extremities. There are no other patterns or images on the puzzle pieces, making this jigsaw quite a unique proposition.
The idea came from enjoying the subtle differences in the blue of a sky in a particularly brutal jigsaw puzzle, I found that without the presence of image detail to help locate a piece I was relying only on an intuitive sense of colour, and this was much more satisfying to do than the areas with image details.Clemens Habicht
While this might perhaps seem like one of those ‘World’s Hardest Jigsaw Puzzle’ novelties, the 1000 Colours puzzle is actually relatively easy due to the fundamental logic in its design. Each piece is of course a unique colour, and they can be easily sorted into hues and saturation levels to be partially joined as scales.
What is strange is that unlike ordinary puzzles where you are in effect redrawing a specific picture from a reference you have a sense of where every piece belongs compared to every other piece. There is a real logic in the doing that is weirdly soothing, therapeutic, it must be the German coming out in me. As each piece clicks perfectly into place, just so, it’s a little win, like a little pat on the back.Clemens Habicht
Clemens Habicht designed the CMYK colour gamut concept, and has put the jigsaw puzzle into production in partnership with Lamington Drive. The first editions of 1000 Colours Puzzles has already sold out, but due to their popularity there will be a second run that is now available to pre-order. The 1000 Colours puzzles cost $40, but are shipped from Australia with the somewhat prohibitive shipping cost of $30 to the rest of the world.
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