1000 Colours puzzle by designer Clemens Habicht will make your head explode (VIDEO).

This Puzzle’s Simple Design Is Gorgeous and Mind-Boggling

This Puzzle’s Simple Design Is Gorgeous and Mind-Boggling

The Eye
Slate’s design blog.
Dec. 16 2014 10:52 AM

This CMYK Puzzle Is Gorgeous and Mind-Boggling

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This color-only puzzle will make your head explode.

Courtesy of Clemens Habicht/The Jacky Winter Group

A subtly gradated rainbow of CMYK shades broken into pieces, 1000 Colours is a gorgeous, mind-blowing puzzle.

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Courtesy of Clemens Habicht/The Jacky Winter Group

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Courtesy of Clemens Habicht/The Jacky Winter Group

Designer Clemens Habicht says the idea came to him while he was “enjoying the subtle differences in the blue of a sky in a particularly brutal jigsaw puzzle.” Without the presence of image details to guide him, he says, “I was relying only on an intuitive sense of color, and this was much more satisfying.”

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Courtesy of Clemens Habicht/The Jacky Winter Group

So he created a puzzle that would multiply the effect. Unlike ordinary puzzles where you reassemble a specific image based on a reference, the 1000 Colours puzzle clues you in to where pieces belong based on their hues.

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Courtesy of Clemens Habicht/The Jacky Winter Group

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Courtesy of Clemens Habicht/The Jacky Winter Group

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“There is a real logic in the doing that is weirdly soothing, therapeutic,” he says of the challenge of fitting together dozens of similar-looking pieces that look from a distance like a colorful blur. “As each piece clicks perfectly into place, just so, it's a little win, like a little pat on the back."

Check out the time-lapse video of the puzzle being assembled below.

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Courtesy of Clemens Habicht/The Jacky Winter Group

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.