Installation “bunshi” / Emmanuelle Moureaux

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Installation "bunshi" / Emmanuelle Moureaux
© Daisuke Shima (Nacasa & Partners)

Paris to Tokyo – the exhibition “WOOD FURNITURE JAPAN AWARD 2016” has returned to Tokyo, after a successful launch in Paris in January. Emmanuelle has designed the space for both venues based on a concept of bunshi (= ramification), which means to divide or spread out into branches, extend into subdivisions. The exhibition is held at SPIRAL, a nexus of cultural life in Omotesando, Tokyo.

Installation "bunshi" / Emmanuelle Moureaux
© Daisuke Shima (Nacasa & Partners)

The collections of colorful small branches diverge and multiply, filled up the volume of an empty hall. Each module is a metaphoric expression of the phenomenon of ramification, which symbolizes the encounters between designers and artisans as their paths intersect and diverge with valuable experiences, leading them to a new path. The installation consists of 20,000 pieces of small branches (bunshi) in 100 shades of colors, appear randomly placed, but in fact perfectly aligned in three dimensional grids. A portion of volume is removed, creating a tunnel-like path, where selected wood furniture is placed along the edge of the curved path. The color of atmosphere gradually changes as one walk through the tunnel.

Installation "bunshi" / Emmanuelle Moureaux
© Daisuke Shima (Nacasa & Partners)

At the entrance, installation of characters of 58 Japanese tree species welcome visitors, with a total of 100 letters in 100 shades of colors.

Grand, yet intricate. Chaotic, yet in harmony. The installation gives an experience of being in a forest, wondering among the world of colorful branches.

Project Details:
Location: SPIRAL hall, Tokyo, Japan
Design: emmanuelle moureaux
Photographs: Daisuke Shima (Nacasa & Partners)