The Colorful Spaces of Emmanuelle Moureaux
French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux merges eastern and western schools of design thanks in part to her current residence in Tokyo, where much of the colorful, yet minimally efficient ambient design has pushed her own work into unexplored territory. She has even invented her own artform, which she calls "shikiri", or "Dividing and creating space through colors".
"I use colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied to surfaces."
The petals of flowers are composed of several colors that produce new colors as they turn. The effect is one of chromatic saturation with a sense of constant evolution - a mesmerizing cascade of color.
"In 1995, a week-long trip to Tokyo as an architectural student gave me the passion for colors. Overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and the fragments of blue sky between various volumes of buildings – it was the flow of staggering colors pervading the street that built a complex depth and density, creating three-dimensional layers in the city of Tokyo. I felt a lot of emotions seeing all these colors, and in that very moment, I decided to move to this city.”
All images courtesy of Emmanuelle Moureaux. See more on her website or follow her work on Instagram or Facebook