10,000 Alphabets in Shades of 100 colours Guise as a Floating Book Installation | 100 Colours no 37

Tokyo-based French architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux, who is known for the implementation of colours through her design, recently unveiled her new installation at the iconic Oslo public library, Deichman Bjorvika. Dubbed 100 Colours no 37, the new installation is suspended in the atrium of the library. Know more about the installation on SURFACES REPORTER (SR).


Composed of 10,000 alphabet letters from A to Z, the 100 Colours no 37 installation also includes Norwegian special letters in shades of 100 colours. 

Composed of 10,000 alphabet letters from A to Z, the 100 Colours no 37 installation also includes Norwegian special letters in shades of 100 colours. Each of the alphabets (read piece) is positioned at random and is aligned along a 3D grid that takes the shape of an abstract representation of a book floating in space.


Each of the alphabets (read piece) is positioned at random and is aligned along a 3D grid that takes the shape of an abstract representation of a book floating in space. 

Hanging between the third and the fifth floor of the public library, each of the colourful letters is carefully cut and crafted together with smooth shifting tones. The installation gets illuminated by natural sunlight, thereby creating an infinite expression that shifts with the viewer’s perspective.


Dubbed 100 Colours no 37, the new installation is suspended in the atrium of the library. 

The 100 Colours no 37 installation is part of Moureaux’s 100 colours installation series, which commenced in 2013. Moureaux elucidates emotions through colours. After seeing the overflowing of colours in Tokyo when she first visited in 1995, she decided to give opportunities for people to see, touch and feel colours. “When I first arrived in Tokyo, I was fully fascinated by the colours overflowing on the street. At that very moment, my mind decided to move to Japan. The overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings, created three-dimensional layers in the city,” she informs. Through her series, over the years, she has explored colours in various forms and has maximized the beauty of colours. “The flood of various colours pervaded the street and built up a complex depth and intensity in the space. These indelible experiences of colours and layers in Tokyo were the inspiration and essence of my design concept of shikiri, which means dividing (creating) space with colours. Valuing the emotion inspired by Tokyo, in the 10th anniversary year of my studio, I want to show the beauty of colours to the fullest extent. I also wish to share the feeling of being surrounded by overflowing colours by exhibiting 100 colours, here in the middle of Tokyo,” she adds.

Project details

Name: 100 colours no 37

Where: Oslo Public Library, Deichman Bjorvika, Oslo (Norway)

Date: June 2022 - May 2023

Photographs: Oystein Thorvaldsen; Courtesy: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

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