Emmanuelle Moureaux Understands Space Through Colors

When it comes to utilizing space, French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux lets color lead the way. Her inspiration comes from Tokyo, after a week-long trip as an architectural student gave her a hunger for colors.

“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,” she writes on her website. “I felt a lot of emotions seeing all these colors, and in that very moment, I decided to move to this city.”

Now based n Tokyo, she handles color as a medium to compose space rather than a finishing touch applied on surfaces. She named this concept “shikiri” – a made-up word that literally means “to divide space using colors.” Her wish? To evoke emotion through colors, with her creations ranging from art and design to architecture.

“I want to give emotion through colors,” she writes, “whether it is architecture or an art piece. Through my creation, I want people to see colors, touch colors, and feel colors with their senses. The overflowing effects of colors in space will show that colors can give more than a space, but a space with additional layers of human emotion.”

Her exploration of color also ranges in scale, from a small art piece to dramatic architecture. Follow her colorful journey in the gallery below.