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.