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Emmanuelle Moureaux designs exhibition spaces for Wood Furniture Japan Award 2016

by Sophie Cullen on Mar 18, 2016 in Products
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Copyright: WFJA2016 / design: emmanuelle moureaux / photo: Daisuke Shima (Nacasa & Partners)

Copyright: WFJA2016 / design: emmanuelle moureaux / photo: Daisuke Shima (Nacasa & Partners)

Held in both Paris and Tokyo, Emmanuelle Moureaux has designed the exhibition spaces for the recent Wood Furniture Japan Award 2016

Moureaux designed the space for both venues based on a concept of bunshi (meaning “ramification” in Japanese), which means to divide or spread out into branches or extend into subdivisions. Collections of colourful small branches diverge and multiply, filling up the volume of an empty spaces.

Copyright: WFJA2016 / design: emmanuelle moureaux / photo: Daisuke Shima (Nacasa & Partners)

Copyright: WFJA2016 / design: emmanuelle moureaux / photo: Daisuke Shima (Nacasa & Partners)

The installations consist of 20,000 small branches in 100 shades of colours. They appear to be randomly placed, but in fact, they are perfectly aligned in three dimensional grids. A portion of volume is also removed from each installation, creating a tunnel-like path, where selected wood furniture is placed. The colours gradually transform as one walks through the tunnel.

Copyright: WFJA2016 / design: emmanuelle moureaux / photo: Daisuke Shima (Nacasa & Partners)

Copyright: WFJA2016 / design: emmanuelle moureaux / photo: Daisuke Shima (Nacasa & Partners)

Each module is a metaphoric expression of the phenomenon of ramification, which symbolises the encounters between designers and artisans as their paths intersect and diverge with valuable experiences, leading them to a new path.

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