Emmanuelle Moureaux

Emmanuelle Moureaux

Born in 1971, France. Emmanuelle Moureaux is a French architect living in Tokyo since 1996, where she established “emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design” in 2003. Inspired by the layers and colors of Tokyo that built a complex depth and density on the street, and the Japanese traditional spatial elements like sliding screens, she has created the concept of shikiri, which literally means “dividing (creating) space with colors”. She uses colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied on surfaces. Handling colors as a medium to compose space, her wish is to give emotion through colors with her creations, which range from art, design to architecture.

Her representative works include the architectural design for Sugamo Shinkin Bank, space design for ABC Cooking Studio, installations for UNIQLO and ISSEY MIYAKE, and stick chair. Since 2011, commissioned by the New Taipei City Government in Taiwan, she is handling the artistic design of the Mass Rapid Transit “Circular Line”, working on the color scheme of 14 km section, where her colors will spread into city-scale with its completion in 2016.

Her installation series – 100 colors – express emotions from the experience of colors and layers of Tokyo. Unveiled in 2013 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her studio, she is planning to exhibit “100 colors” in different cities around the world.

Emmanuelle Moureaux’s rainbow-hued installation seemingly changes colour

Artist Emmanuelle Moureaux used over 100,000 paper number cut-outs to create this multihued installation designed to visualise the passing of time.

On show at the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design in Toyama, Japan, the Colour of Time installation is part of a series of exhibitions that aim to explore the different functions of materials.

Having chosen paper as her main material, Moureaux began observing the relationship between the sensory element of colour-change, and the mathematical element of time.

To combine the two, the Tokyo-based artist opted to create an installation that would visualise the process of time passing.

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