concept : rainbow melody
The site is located on the corner of major intersection, where there is a frequent movement of cars, bicycles and people. Taking this unique location as a characteristic, the facade is designed to be rhythmical that changes expression as people see from different angles.
Colors appear in and out from the rhythmical repetition of cubes, dancing like musical notes playing rainbow melody. The facade is composed of cubes of four different depths. Small elevated gardens are built inside 12 cubes, where the seasonal changes in nature are expressed by seasonal flowers like marigold, lavender, and growing trees such as olive tree. Gardens can be seen from the open space on the first floor, and from the financing section and cafeteria on the second floor. Sunlight is filtered through the foliage of elevated gardens on the South facing facade, providing a harmonious and warm atmosphere inside the bank.
The colors, flowers and trees appear in and out from the repetition of floating cubes, playing rainbow melody. The melody spreads happiness and comfort to visitors and to the people in the local community.
March 19 - April 21, 2015
Great Hall College of Fine Arts
Carnegie Mellon University
concept : a miniature colorful town
"Mama smile" is an indoor playground facility for families located inside the shopping mall. Emmanuelle developed a new brand concept and the interior design, a new family facility has opened in Mito composed of a playground and a day nursery. Although located inside the shopping mall, it gives a sense of security like being in a comfortable home.
Entrance to the playground has a cut-out opening on a white wall, like a shape of a house drawn by a small child. Behind the opening is a colorful world, with houses in 7 colors in the shades of yellow, pink, green, and blue. It is like a miniature town for visitors, with a feeling of being inside a comfortable home.
The layout does not give a full view the whole playground, with the colorful houses dividing the space, it encourages curiosities to discover from the gap of the back alleys and between the houses. In addition, it is hoped that the colorful space will help with the growth of the mind of the child from the viewpoint of "iro-iku" (iro-iku is a Japanese word, which describes a method of using the effect of color to bring up "concentration", "imagination" and "communication" of a child).
Playground is composed of several areas of different functions. "Area for Everyone (minna-no-hiroba)" is available for various events such as birthday parties, "Area for events (ibento-hiroba)" for game and dance events, the area with air jumper equipments give space for children to run around, and the "Area for Crawling (hai-hai-hiroba)" for babies and the adjacent café space with floor cushion is for adults to stay on the same eye level as the children.
These areas are gently divided by the houses, letting visitors to spend time while feeling each other's presence as each area is connected with the whole naturally.
"Mama smile" is a place where adults can watch over children playing freely in peace, and it is hoped that the children will build up the rich sensibility in the space full of colors.
manufacturer : SCHÖNBUCH
Imagined as thin layers of coloured sheets scattered in the air, then settling randomly on top of each other, creating overhangs and recessions, the "Mille-Feuille" storage series, designed by Emmanuelle, and created by German furniture manufacturer Schonbuch was revealed at the Wallpaper* Handmade Exhibition in Milan. Employing her signature use of colour, Emmanuelle draws inspiration from similar but larger-scale previous explorations, such as her Sugamo Shinkin Bank (Shimura Branch) project.
The colourful storage pieces are handmade out of layers of lacquered MDF and come in three sizes, 21 layers for a multicolor cabinet, 12 layers for a green-blue low cabinet and 8 layers for a yellow-pink bedside cabinet, all containing "hidden" drawers.
The function of the "Mille-Feuille" may change according to the numbers of layers and the concept can be developed for other functions as a low table or a shelf.
concept : rainbow shower
The site is located in a commercial district with many stores. The site's closeness to the town's activities - also the heavy traffic and narrow sidewalk - inspired Emmanuelle to express this proximity in the building by merging the exterior and interior.
The building is offset approximately 2 meters from the property line, and the timber-decked peripheral space is filled with colorful 9 meter-tall sticks. These 29 exterior sticks, reflected on the transparent glazed facade, mix naturally with the 19 interior sticks placed randomly inside the building. This rainbow shower returns colors and some room for playfulness back to the town. Entering the building, the visitors would notice that they are still in an exterior courtyard leading to the bank's interior. Here also, the inside and outside are integrated. Walking around the glazed courtyard inside, there is a cafe-like open space filled with natural light. The bamboos in the courtyard extend skyward in concert with the colorful sticks.
The exterior deck space, interior open space, exterior courtyard, and the interior teller counters compose four layers of spaces. The layers are reflected on the glazing, and, combined with complex shadows, they create depth in the space.
TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK 2014
Wearing 100 colors – it is an experimental approach to experience the sensation of color. The elegant silhouette of mino brings a refreshing breeze to the city.
“Mino” is a traditional Japanese straw rain-cape, made by bundles of weaved straw strands, having multiple layers to provide protection and warmth from the harsh climate. “Layers” as an inspiration, Emmanuelle has employed long and thin delicate strands of papers in 100 shades of colors to create mino in two different forms. The presence of mino gives colors in the scene, as the surface strands gently lift up in the air. Colors are layered precisely in unique order, having 30 layers in every bundle. With motion, colors sitting behind are unveiled as the surface layers gently float up in the air, revealing 100 colors instantaneously. Women’s mino uses 3450 strands of colored papers each sliced into 5mm wide to express softness and daintiness through the graceful movement. Men’s mino employs 1140 strands of 20mm wide papers assembled together to express the sense of oneness and boldness within the delicate texture of papers. Shoulder bag uses 5mm wide strands that flutter gently in the wind, faintly showing 100 colors.
Wearing mino, the colorful and airy lines flow pleasantly, leaving traces of colorful wind in our ordinary cityscape.
concept : dancing bubbles
It is a designated facility providing nursing care services for the elderly. Refurbishment took place in the lounge area and cafeteria, where these spaces are intended to bring family together and creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.
In the lounge area, colorful bubbles are dancing in the air above chairs and sofas colored in shades of green, which give image of green grass and soap bubbles floating in the park on sunny days. These bubbles are in the form of 45 mobiles consisting of 225 spheres in 15 colors creating gentle circular motion in the air. The lounge connects to the cafeteria, weaving workshop, and other spaces, inviting visitors around. The colorful mobiles are visible from the cafeteria through the floor to ceiling height white box shelves, which also divide these spaces. Although being inside, the visitors are able to feel the essence of nature, such as the green, the sky, and the moving wind, being absorbed in the gently dancing bubbles forgetting all about the time. Invited by the colorful dancing bubbles, facility users and their families naturally come together, read books, drink coffee, and spend their own time in their own ways in this friendly and comfortable environment.
manufacturer : kami no kousakujo
A paper version of the globally popular game Mikado.
The colorful gradations created by layered paper will add a splash of color to your table.
Pick sticks up one at a time from a pile of 41 without moving any of the other sticks. The person with the most sticks wins.
Carry the slim package with you to play anywhere, anytime and with anyone.
concept : rainbow mille-feuille
A rainbow-like stack of 12 colored layers, peeking out from the facade to welcome visitors. Upon entering the building, three elliptical skylights bathe the interior in a soft light. Visitors spontaneously look up to see a cut-out piece of the sky that invites them to gaze languidly at it. The open sky and sensation of openness prompts you to take deep breaths, refreshing your body from within. The ceiling is adorned with dandelion puff motifs that seem to float and drift through the air. Three long glass airwells thread through the first and second levels of the building, flooding the interior with natural light as well as "blowing" air through it.
2014 August - October
Global art installation in Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Berlin, London and Paris
concept : thin thin thin
2014 fall - emmanuelle has created an installation for the launch of UNIQLO's autumn item, "extra fine merino". Beginning from Ginza flagship store then to other global flagship stores, such as Fifth Avenue NY, 311 Oxford Street London, and Paris Opera, it is a simultaneous global art installation in 6 countries to celebrate the beginning of autumn season.
Thin and long colorful threads, representing strands of merino yarn are made into three dimensional volumes that intersect inside the windows with mannequins positioned in between. The installation has started at Ginza flagship store, on the facade and the glass case. Inside the store, the main glass case uses 2,420 threads in 60 shades of colors to create volumes, radiating from the floor to the ceiling. The long thin lines cross and intersect three dimensionally, and the expressions of layered threads change as the view keep shifting. On the facade is a graphic interpretation of the thin merino yarn layered with white graphic lines on the front glass, intended to give depth to the window.
The blue sky between buildings, the pockets of green in the park on the street corner, and the colorful glittering neon at night. These are what we capture during our everyday life in cities. Travelling also gives us different snapshot from our daily lives, such as the magenta and yellow spreading endlessly in the field of tulips, the pale blue from the crystal clear lake, and the pink petals of cherry blossoms swaying in the wind. These sceneries from our experience are captured into rectangular frame, and then rhythmically spread in the space to create a joyful and heartwarming store.
The captured pieces are modularized into blocks of 800mm x 160mm. These modules are then used to design displays, fixtures and mirrors.
Different heights of these rectangular blocks create rhythm in the space which gives a sense of playfulness. This changes the ordinary way of shop displays, which are often too systematic. The design has focused on flexibility, such as the movable display blocks, with the exception of wall mounted display, and the colors representing sceneries can be changed along with the seasons.
DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2011
Prismic Gallery 2012
It is a manifestation of its aggressiveness that it will not let others come near,
And a manifestation of its own weakness.
Aggressiveness and Weakness
When wrapped around in the two conflicting senses,
I feel like reaching out and touch the pain in spite of myself."
Toge (Japanese for thorn) is a modular product. Each "thorn" gives the viewer the impression of a sharp and stiff object, but these modules can in fact be freely combined to create a soft, pliable and standalone space. At DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2011, Emmanuelle arranged five hundred of these Toge modules in 15 different colors to form a wedding dress. This conceptual piece was an exercise in contradictory impressions and sensations - solid and stiff but soft and pliable, menacing yet gentle.
concept : leaf
The facade of the building features silhouettes of trees and an assortment of 14 colors windows arranged in a rhythmical pattern that transforms the facade itself into signage.
ATMs and teller windows are located on the first floor, along with 3 courtyards and an open space. The second storey houses the loan section, reception rooms, offices and 4 courtyards, while the third floor is reserved for facilities for staff use. Thanks to the 7 light-filled courtyards, each of these spaces is loosely connected to all the others. A constellation of leaves in 24 different colors growing on the white branches of the walls and glass windows overlaps with the natural foliage of the real trees in the courtyards, creating the sensation of being in a magical forest.
Shinjuku Creators Festa 2014
As a first outdoor installation, Emmanuelle has transformed the space in Shinjuku Central Park in Tokyo using full spectrum of floating colors. Having high rise buildings in the background, the 100 colored strands dance in the breeze, as if they are breathing in and out, creating a dynamic motion. This is the 2nd exhibition of the '100 colors' series, which she plans to exhibit in different cities around the world.
In 2013, the first '100 colors' installed specially selected papers to create a floating volume of colors. For this year, textile was chosen as a medium to catch the breeze seaming through the skyscrapers of Shinjuku. The dye compounds were carefully blended to create the unique 100 colors formula, and 1875 strands of textile were hand-dyed one by one. 100 colors are floating and swaying in the wind, coloring the breeze travelling in the city, casting gentle shadows in the summer days of Tokyo. Colors are layered with the high rise buildings, creating an extraordinary scene, attracting eyes of people walking by. Floating colors in the sky of Shinjuku is a breathtaking installation that has given people a little moment to stop by, away from the busy reality.
2003 - ongoing
142 studios completed throughout Japan
ABC Cooking Studio operates more than 140 studios throughout Japan that offer a variety of cooking classes. In an effort to create a brightly lit, enjoyable cafe-like space that departs from conventional ideas of what a cooking studio ought to look like, eight colors were used for the facade, while pieces of furniture were scattered throughout the interior. The result is a playful space that conforms perfectly to ABC's philosophy of helping to create "smiles on faces at dining tables throughout the world". The interiors of these studios have successfully created an easily recognizable brand image that is immediately evident from the facade, winning much positive feedback.
2005 - ongoing
25 studios completed throughout Japan
This is kids' version of ABC Cooking Studio where 4 -12 year old children learn the basics of food. Decorative details such as pink sinks and crescent moon shaped tables are fun and even functional. Tables and stools, carefully designed in children dimensions, are placed at random to generate dynamism into the space.
DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2010
Prismic Gallery 2012
Beauty shown by plants in the natural world. Spreads of trees, colors of flowers, flows of leaf veins, linkages of cells. Everything is in a systematic harmony.
In eda, forms are determined according to the natural system. eda is assemblages of fine lines. Each line exists straight, and large complexities contain small simplicities.
Biological forms overlap rhythmically, link air with another and create new space orders.
Eda, meaning "branch" in Japanese, is a modular product that combines (interlocking to each other / you link to each other) to create spaces. For its 1st presentation at DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2010, emmanuelle designed an installation consisted of 2000 eda, suspending 900 colored one and creating a free-standing structure on the floor with 1100 white one.
concept : square
This project sought to create a whole new look that refreshes the current image of this financial institution. For their new 43rd branch, we redesigned not only the interior, but also Sugamo's brand image, including its facade, logo graphics, signage and brochures. The key concept revolves around squares - besides incorporating square shapes, the building was conceived as a sort of public square where people gather. The colors of these squares play an important role: the logo on the facade of the building features as many as 24 colors visible from the main street, becoming a symbol for the area. These colors welcome customers as they enter the building, continuing on the inside and serving as natural dividers between lobby, meeting space, ATM and so on.
ANY TOKYO 2013
Coca-Cola has updated its classic icon - the Heritage Glass - the modern interpretation of a Coca-Cola glass, designed by innovative designer Thomas Meyerhoffer. After the new release at Colette, the famous boutique in Paris, Coca-Cola has released its new icon in Tokyo, together with an art installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux.
The installation "sparkling bubbles" uses 800 acrylic transparent spheres bringing the experience of the bubbles and sparkles of freshly poured Coca-cola. Small air bubbles are locked inside in each sphere, which appears as if the bubbles are floating in the air.
These spheres are dyed in delicate shades of 34 different colors chosen specially for this installation.
The reflection of lights and the layers of colors create a spellbinding moment, capturing the magic of the drink. The installation changes its expression seeing from different angles, which is the interpretation of the personal emotions from drinking Coca-Cola.
Bluberi is a health-conscious frozen yoghurt brand founded in Washington, DC. As a result of the brand's expansion, we were commissioned to handle the design of the store's concept and the interior scheme of Bluberi's second shop, located in Stonebridge, Virginia.
In line with the basic "delicious, fun, and healthy" theme, we decided to project an image of the brand that would be memorable and far-reaching, in line with Blueberi's future expansion plans.
The interior of the shop features an image of a blueberry tree with its strong branches extending outwards, seemingly bursting with energy and laden with juicy blueberries in 13 colors- the fruit for which the store is named. We also selected lighting fixtures and furniture that called to mind the round, plump shape of the fruit, giving the whole interior a cohesive look.
In keeping with the image of a frozen yoghurt store that uses only non-fat, healthful ingredients, we made a special effort to select appropriate materials for the interior, opting for only translucent colors and Benjamin Moore paints that contain no harmful organic components, for instance.
Blueberry tree motifs were also used for the store's website, cards and other promotional materials, and the colors of the logos were changed according to the spatial design of certain areas. Collectively, these details helped to create a total brand image for our client.
DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2009
Prismic Gallery 2012
56 slender colored acrylic sticks, embedded randomly into a piece of transparent acrylic, create a beautiful landscape, reminiscent of a colorful shibafu or lawn. The sticks support a transparent acrylic panel, while refracting and reflecting light as if they were soaking under water. They appear and disappear, and even seem to bend at times. These beautiful illusions and colors create a low table with infinite expressions.
2011- ongoing (in construction)
concept : shine
In 2016, the Mass Rapid Transit "Circular Line" will open in New Taipei City. Drawing a large circle, Circular Line will connect the existing lines that spread in radial direction from the City Central. Circular Line is a groundbreaking scheme that will dramatically improve the transport system, where the Taipei City Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) is responsible for the project and its construction. They plan to have the transportation facility, the Circular Line, as a work of public art piece, for the very first time in the world. In 2011, Emmanuelle has been invited directly from DORTS, as an artist recognized for her use of colors, to engage in the design of this grand scale public art project.
Circular Line is a subway system, total length of 34.8 kilometers, in which its 14.5 kilometers are above ground facilities. The project focuses on this 14.5 kilometers zone, where there is a close relationship with the people in the city. Emmanuelle’s color palette will spread across a wide area, which comprises 8 kilometers of steel beams, 10 kilometers of acoustic barriers, around 200 steel pillars underneath the station and viaducts, 13 stations, 13 platforms, a bridge, and the exterior and interior design of the four cars MRT train. Until the opening in 2016, color workshops will be held by Emmanuelle mainly for residents and teachers in New Taipei City, together with other art events.
The concept "shine" was inspired from the theme for the Circular Line project stated by DORTS, 'Like clouds swift passage, the dragon travels thousands miles', and the color scheme of the line, which is "yellow". The "yellow" gave an image of bright sunshine that was the inspiration to the word "shine", expressing the sunshine being reflected off the scales of dragon. "Shine" wishes that the brightness will spread along the whole Circular Line as the swiftly moving dragon reflects sunshine off its scales, through the bustling City of Taipei.
Building upon this concept, the characteristic of the project is the 5 shades of yellow selected by Emmanuelle, being the base color scheme for the city’s public art. As a surprise gift from her, there is just one location unveiling all colors from her rainbow color palette.
The project is still ongoing, and Emmanuelle wishes that this grand scheme of public art project will give brightness and harmony to the lifestyle of Taipei citizen.
2014 March- April
Global art installation in 8 countries 26 cities 51 stores
concept : colorful wind
2014 spring - emmanuelle has created an installation for the launch of UNIQLO's spring item, "LINEN". Linen's breathable and cool feelings, its soft and supple texture, were expressed in the installation as the colorful and refreshing spring breeze.
The paper strands in 100 shades of colors are floating and swaying above the mannequins, giving the feel of standing in the spring breeze. The gentle swaying motion of the floating volume of colors is expressing the beginning of new season on the colorful wind.
Beginning from Ginza flagship store then to other flagship stores, like Fifth Avenue NY and 311 Oxford Street London, it is a simultaneous 26 global cities art installation in 8 countries (51 stores).
The installation started at Ginza flagship store, Tokyo on its facade and the glass case. The main glass case uses approximately 2,400 strands of 4.7m long colored paper in 100 shades. For the facade, 100 shades of square paper fill up the 7m high board, where colors seem to float up into the air.
ISSEY MIYAKE (women, men)
PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE
concept : unbalanced balance
411 sticks connecting the two spaces
Their colors and shadows float and overlap,
creating a new space
with a new appearance.
Like flown away into space and floating there,
the sticks spread all around the space.
As if time stands still,
"a balance out of balance" is created.
The concept of sticks was inspired by a European children's game "MIKADO", which was often played before. The sticks randomly positioned as inspired by MIKADO create tensions and chance balances, which were designed to become tangible forms. It was designed to be structurally balanced in spite of its unbalanced appearance.
100% design TOKYO 2007
100% design LONDON 2008
DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2008
Prismic Gallery 2012
concept : unbalanced balance
Exhibited during the 100% Design Tokyo 2007 show to finally realize a long-thought of idea, the inspiration for "stick chair" came from "Mikado", a pick-up sticks game which originated in Europe. A total of 7 round wooden sticks (φ18) placed obliquely support the heavy piece of acrylic creating the perfect balance. The structural balance has been pushed to the limits and although it looks unbalanced, this architecture like structure was developed after many attempts to achieve an "unbalanced balance". Due to its beautiful refraction effects the sticks appear as if they are soaked underwater.
Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013
As part of Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013, run by Shinjuku City council, Emmanuelle has created a space using full spectrum of colors.
"When I first arrived in Tokyo,
I was fully fascinated by the colors overflowing on the street.
In that very moment, my mind decided to move to Japan.
Overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings, created three dimensional 'layers' in the city.
The flood of various colors pervaded the street built up a complex depth and intensity in the space. These indelible experiences of colors and layers in Tokyo were the inspiration and essence of my design concept of shikiri, which means dividing (creating) space with colors.
Valuing the emotion inspired from Tokyo, in the 10th anniversary year of my studio, I want to show the beauty of colors to the fullest extent.
I also wish to share the feeling of being surrounded by overflowing colors by
exhibiting 100 colors, here in the middle of Tokyo.
Please come and find your favorite color. "
Shinjuku Isetan & Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Department stores
Issey Miyake commissioned Emmanuelle to handle the set design and art direction for their event, Bloom Bloom Bloom.
Inspired by spring flowers in bloom and Issey Miyake's newest incarnation, this event was held in conjunction with the launch of Bloom Skin, Yoshiyuki Miyamae's first collection since joining the branch as their new designer. The event took place at both Isetan's Shinjuku branch and Mitsukoshi's flagship store in Nihonbashi.
These "stick flowers", with their straight lines and contours, were conceived as a contrast to the translucent designs of the soft, flowing pieces in this collection. Each measuring 1.4m across, these vibrant and colorful flowers were deployed as both three-dimensional sculptural pieces and two-dimensional graphic motifs, giving the overall impression of a stage "in bloom".
Stick Flower represents an extension of sticks, a series of display windows produced for Issey Miyake's three Aoyama outlets in 2010, as well as toge, an installation that was exhibited at DesignTide Tokyo in 2011.
For Bloom Bloom Bloom, Issey Miyake also commissioned us to design logos and outdoor signs for the department store. The Stick Flower motifs were also used in a series of limited edition T-shirts and package designs for accessories and products.
As part of the "manufacture x designer" project organized by the general incorporated association Japan Creative, "awa", which means "foam" in Japanese, was unveiled at Ambiente 2014, held in Frankfurt, Germany. The "awa" was created through collaboration with SANYO, which processes and sells synthetic resins products, including soft PVC.
Emmanuelle saw the faint transparency and the soft gesture of PVC as "foam" that gently wraps air and slowly changes shape with calm movement, which she developed into a motif for the new design.
To express the delicate appearance of the foam, Emmanuelle focused on the beauty of the cross sectional view of 0.15mm thick soft PVC, rather than the surface that is normally shown in general use. The PVC is cut into 10mm wide tape, forming a module with a series of pentagonal foam patterns. The total of 182 modules in 14 shades of colors are assembled and woven together, which float in the space. The foam modules float in the air like the soap bubbles shinning in rainbow colors, creating beautiful scenery as the foam gently moves and colors overlap. The unprecedented expression of faint and subtle spatial element has brought out the fundamental appeal and new possibility of soft PVC.
TBC is the largest group of colleges in the northern Kanto region. This project was a commission to design a new professional cooking school located in Utsunomiya. The concept was to create "spaces for learning that would excite and stimulate the five senses". Symbolic colors and hues associated with particular foods were extracted from this space for learning about food and cuisine, and incorporated into its design. Four thematic colors, each in five tones, were used on each floor of the building. The first floor was turned into a multi-colored space incorporating all the shades used on the second through fifth floors, transforming it into a lively and animated hub where students can go back and forth, as well as gather together. Colorful lobby chairs were placed in the first floor entrance hall, which constitutes the public face of the school. These chairs create a dynamic series of colored lines that seem to flow in a continuous stream from the reception area to the demonstration room. The gradations of similar hues and square motifs used on the interior walls give students the sensation of strolling through a series of light, nimble rhythms and colors.
shikiri / see beyond colors
The exhibition will take place in Palazzo Bembo, the historical Venetian Palazzo, standing along the canal in Venice.
The theme of the Biennale, "Fundamentals", has given opportunities to revisit and rethink the elements in architecture. For this occasion, emmanuelle has decided to re-focus on the importance of her design concept of shikiri, by extracting and representing its essence. Shikiri has been adopted its shape and function according to different time and places for every projects designed in the past. Shikiri has evolved overtime. The concept started from surface shikiri elements, and now has developed to line and point elements. The exhibition highlights the surface and line shikiri, focusing from the architectural approaches and perspectives. Shikiri essence will be represented in the form of models, which are in various scales and suspended in various heights in the room. 1,390 surfaces and 12,100 lines are colored in 36 shades of multicolor palettes. While they symbolize structures, they are also the elements composing space through colors. The exhibit let visitors to experience space with three dimensional layering of colors.
CS Design Center
CS Design Center displays as many as 1100 colors. This exhibition focuses on one color - yellow, red, green, blue or black - at a time. Every month, the space is designed with a different color, changing hues like a kaleidoscope: a rediscovery of colors that ordinarily pass unnoticed in everyday life. The exhibition space changed every month over a period of five months.
manufacturer : WAAZWIZ
"acrylic × komono" is a series of small products made of acrylic, that with beautiful layers of colors, illusions of refraction and reflection, create infinite expressions. It is the fruit of the collaboration between Emmanuelle, the acrylic brand Waazwiz and the Japanese cosmetic brand Pola, on SCV (Shizuoka Contents Valley Consortium) and Sachio Hihara's initiative. The prototypes were presented at DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2009. From spring 2010, the series is on sale at the Ginza store "Pola The Beauty".
An accessories box inspired by sageju or Japanese tiered lunch boxes. The parts can be arranged freely like a three-dimensional puzzle, making it possible to enjoy diverse combinations of colors. It allows for compact storage of cosmetics and accessories, and is also ideal to be used on the desk for storing stationeries and other articles.
kodachi / aroma
"Kodachi" ("grove" in English) is a stand for fragrance sticks. Colored acrylic boxes are rhythmically embedded into a larger transparent acrylic box, refracting and reflecting light as if they were soaking under water, creating beautiful illusions and infinite expressions.
A pen/brush stand with floating bands of colors made of piled up colored layers and acrylic of high transparency weaved into them. It is ideal for adding a florid touch to pens and make-up brushes for daily-use.
"Shikiribako" (a word play in Japanese meaning "box divided by colors" in English) is a transparent business cards holder, divided by beautiful layers of color. It adds color to the desk and makes arranging cards fun. The 12 shikiri or colored dividers are detachable.
kodachi / vase
"Kodachi" ("grove" in English) is a stand for flowers. Colored acrylic boxes are rhythmically embedded into a larger transparent acrylic box, refracting and reflecting light as if they were soaking under water, creating beautiful illusions and infinite expressions.
Hair and beauty salon located in a tranquil residential area of Saitama, the neighboring prefecture of Tokyo. Sliding shikiri, ceiling-hung colored partitions system, was designed to create private and semi-private space. This product unlike fixed wall panels is flexible enough to be relocated at anytime, anyplace.
DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2012
"toki" (which means "time" in Japanese) project investigates the universal element of time, expressed through the work composed of an array of sticks presented in various hues.
Each stick moves in circular motion through the implementation of magnets, which is an abstract representation of time.
concept : ito (thread)
Second and third floor spaces of the Clinical Research Center for Medical Equipment Development (CRCMeD) at Kyoto University Hospital. These two floors, occupied by Canon Inc. and Kyoto University, will become the future site for projects developed in collaboration between people lending their expertise to research initiatives and a great number of supporters. The thoughts of each of these people working in various fields will come together in this space, bringing together a convergence of knowledge and skills that will create new possibilities. The design expresses the invisible "threads" that connect each of these different thoughts to one another, just like how threads are spun together to create a strong, supple fabric. Specifically, ito (Japanese for "thread") is used as a motif that would bridge the second and third floors of this research center, designing a space that came together in a single, massive flow. Just like how new possibilities emerge out of encounters between people, a spectrum of different colors appear at the junctions between threads, creating chromatic combinations that resemble landscapes: field green, sky blue, light cherry pink, snow white, dusky orange, and white horizons.
2010 - ongoing
manufacturer : TENUKORE
on sale in Japan only.
concept : The View from Scaffolding
"When I first visited Tokyo,
I was shocked by the city brimming with colors.
Bright colors overlapping and intermingling with each other,
buildings with different volumes,
layers of electric cables forming the cutout sky…
To my eyes that grew up in a town made of stone,
they appeared beautifully like a painting."
"Tenukore" is a project to ensure the future enjoyment of tenugui (thin cotton washcloths), through a variety of beautifully designed tenugui by several creators.
In collaboration with stationary maker, Maruman, "The View from Scaffolding" launched in Tenukore 2010, has been selected to be part of their new collection, which is now available as a loose-leaf binder and spiral bound notebook.
Bodies is a women-only fitness studio located in various major cities across Japan. Ceiling-hung shikiri partitions using felt, inspired by the traditional Japanese noren and kabeshiro screens, hide or show the training circuit equipments as needed and create a highly tactile experience throughout the open space.
Ginza POLA THE BEAUTY
This project "puzzle building" takes inspiration from skyscrapers. The pleasant rhythm composed of the colors and space will lighten the passerby's hearts.
Interior renovation project for an apartment complex: Worthy of note are the movable shikiri shelves, double-sided cabinet partitions.
These 'shikiri' shelves achieve both "the open plan interior" and "abundant storage space". The shelf boards come in a range of colours and the shelves can be moved freely.
The interior evolves as the "children' space", "work space" or "living space" as the children grow, instead of being confined as "room units". This is an apartment that lets a family communicate naturally beyond the conventional concept of time and space.
ABC ground is the new head office of the ABC Cooking Studio: The design concept for the office was the "ground" for generating new ideas.
The Ground consists of four stages; kitchen/dining room, living room, private area and seminar space. On stage, lively recipe creation and tasting sessions unique to ABC Cooking Studio are performed. One large space has been divided by the four stages with the remaining space serving as the link between each stage where staff can chat and relax.
concept : touch the COLOR
Office and showroom for Nakagawa Chemical Inc., a famous maker for their adhesive "colored films" products. Over 1100 different colored film samples are displayed in acrylic furniture making beautiful colors float in the space. Samples could be experimented in large scale with moveable transparent glass partitions and under different lighting conditions using as many as 48 light boxes (incandescent, fluorescent, and LED) installed randomly on the wall.
Exhibition booth designs for Sincol, a manufacturer of interior design materials and accessories, for the Textile Trade Fair in Tokyo.
Using wallpaper, carpets, leather products, curtains and textiles manufactured by the company, Emmanuelle created a product sample showcase that consisted of a sprawling, colorful shikiri folding screen that encircled the exhibition space, with a colored bench measuring 8 meters in length installed in the center.
The 'shikiri' folding screen featured a striking contrast between the vividly colored gradations of panels measuring 3.6m high and 12m wide, and a second series of panels finished in white, brown and black hues also measuring 3.6m in height.
Visitors were treated to a range of 6 colored jellies while seated on colored benches - a delightful complementary experience to this color-themed exhibition.
Melange of colors-- overlaying, interweaving
Overlaying fine lines
Interweaving brilliant colors
As if walking through a bamboo forest of rainbows
Your scenery rhythmically transforms
into a kaleidoscope of colors
Lunch Vacation is a new brand created by a famous Japanese company. Lunch Vacation is known for its fresh and delicious Bento "lunch boxes". Emmanuelle designed the interior and exterior of their very 1st shop opened in Kanda, Tokyo.
As opposed to the typical Bento shops -rather dark and humble, she created a brand new image which targets "women" as their main customers, colors representing a variety of lunch box menu and the fine materials giving a healthy ingredients image.
After the Kanda shop has opened, she designed the 2nd and 3rd shop which later opened in Tokyo.
bridal salon and beauty school
The French Language School- Ecole Sympa stands right on the Marronnier Street of Ginza, famous shopping area in Tokyo.
For this project, Emmanuelle designed a very long furniture which separates the public space and the studying space. This original furniture which holds 17 differently colored boxes works well in the space -things can be stored from the both sides.
There are three small class rooms -each with a different color theme to match the main color, white.
manufacturer : SUNFELT
Niji, meaning rainbow in English, is a new brand of felt products Emmanuelle designed and supervised for the felt maker Sunfelt Co.,Ltd. She created 16 new colors with 100% pure wool felt and turned them into stationeries designed to change the look and feel of the work environment.
manufacturer : Creative Works
mg (milligram) is a concrete furniture series Emmanuelle designed for the Japanese concrete maker Creative Works Inc., Ltd.
With their special techniques of using exposed concrete, they weigh only 1/20 of what concrete object weigh normally.
photos : Z chair
Emmanuelle named the clinic "The Magic Forest" because it was located on the floor called "the Forest Floor" in the building. The clinic liked it so much that they continued using it as an official name.
She made the Magic Forest Clinic turned into a practical and yet visually satisfying clinic in hopes to demolish the typical medical space look. The space 50m2 is divided into two –the waiting room and the medical area by the 1m90cm high opaque colored wood partitions.
In order to give a flexible dividing method in the medial area, she made 12 sliding partitions which function as a temporary wall. They create open space and sometimes provide some small private rooms depending on its use. The each partition has transparent area from the bottom up to 50cm high –letting the sun light come inside the clinic.