Dividing space with colors by Emmanuelle Moureaux
Emmanuelle Moureaux is a French architect living in Tokyo since 1996. 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.
Associate Professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design since 2008, Emmanuelle Moureaux’s laboratory explores the possibilities of color through a project she named 100 colors lab. Students are asked to create 100 colors palette of an item from their everyday life, such as glasses, bubble foam, rice, umbrella, watches, CD, chocolate block and so on.
Member of “Tokyo Society of Architects”, the “Architectural Institute of Japan”, and the “Japan Institute of Architects”.