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Emmanuelle Moureaux Honors the Bulgari Serpenti in 100 Colors

Tokyo-based French architect, artist, and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux is known for her 100 Colors installations that take visitors on a sensorial visual journey. After her first project in 2013, Moureaux went on to design 49 more iterations for the series (including The National Art Center in Tokyo), with her latest installation created for Italian luxury brand Bulgari. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of its iconic symbol, the Serpenti, Bulgari collaborated with contemporary artists from around the world to commemorate the occasion. Moureaux is one of the artists selected for the Tokyo collaborations.

For her 50th installation of 100 Colors, Moureaux created an immersive space that explores the concept of infinite colors, a nod to the Serpenti and a symbol of eternity. Visitors walk through a long and narrow path where 100 cascading hues seemingly continue on forever.

woman walking through a colorful installation of acrylic transparent sheets

woman walking through a colorful installation of acrylic transparent sheets

close up details of a colorful installation made of acrylic transparent sheets

close up details of a colorful installation made of acrylic transparent sheets

The installation is made of 347,100 Roman numerals printed on 100 large transparent acrylic panels that are spaced approximately 16 centimeters apart from one another. The first layer starts with the Roman numeral I and increases with the additional symbols of V, X, L, and C, as visitors make their way through the space. As the colors visually gradate, so do the numbers. With each step, the expression of the design changes to evoke the awestruck wonder of an infinite journey, one that reflects Bulgari’s future in the years to come.

close up details of a colorful installation made of acrylic transparent sheets

close up details of a colorful installation made of acrylic transparent sheets

close up details of a colorful installation made of acrylic transparent sheets

close up details of a colorful installation made of acrylic transparent sheets

close up details of a colorful installation made of acrylic transparent sheets

close up details of a colorful installation made of acrylic transparent sheets

woman touching a colorful installation of acrylic transparent sheets

woman next a colorful installation

Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photography by Daisuke Shima.

As the Senior Contributing Editor, Vy Yang is obsessed with discovering ways to live well + with intention through design. She’s probably sharing what she finds over on Instagram stories. You can also find her at vytranyang.com.

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