Forest of Numbers by Emmanuelle Moureaux
For the tenth anniversary of the National Art Centre in Tokyo, Emmanuelle Moureaux created a spectacular installation using numbers and colours. The display looks random at first sight but there is more to it than what meets the eye.
The designer suspended 60,000 numerals (from 0 to 9) to create ten perfectly aligned layers of numbers across the 2,000 square metre gallery. Each layer represents a year from 2017 to 2026, with the four numbers which make up that year scattered randomly across the layer, thus visualising the next ten years of the museum. In addition the numbers are coloured in 100 different shades, adding another stimulating dimension to the display. Sections of the numbers have been cut away to create paths for visitors to wander through. Keen observers might even be able to spot two girls and one cat which are hidden within the installation, thus giving real meaning to the phrase "lost in numbers".
Shop the Style
Bright colours are great for cheering up a dull space. The Tembo lounge chair from New Works, for example, looks wonderful in coral pink and would work well with the Fishbone side tables from Moroso. For an extra quirky touch try the Bordbar airplane trolley with customisable, colourful prints on the exterior.
The wood veneer lights of LZF are available in multiple colours. This Escape suspension light looks great in orange. The Moire wall light from New Works is equally spectacular with its turning screens which create endless light effects. Finally, for a splash of colour in a quirky light who can resist the Olo table light from Moustache?
Add a dash of colour to your mantelpiece with the charming Pipework candlesticks from Nick Fraser and to your kitchen with the Oasi containers from Incipit. For a bigger visual impact try the spectacular L'Afrique wallpaper designed by Studio Job for NLXL.
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Those of a certain age, swept up in a nostalgic wave for the 1980s and 1990s, would do well to collect the remarkable ceramic objects created by Osaka-based Toshiya Masada.
As evidence of the all-conquering power of words, multi-disciplinary artist Ravi Amar Zupa created a series of steampunk-esque sculptures of weapons made from old typewriter parts.