A tale of two de­sign forces and what they’re bring­ing to the ta­ble

Issey Miyake and Iit­tala’s lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion

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At first glance, the cu­ri­ous lot is com­prised of pas­tel pieces that de­sign and fash­ion folks alike would eas­ily stock up on in a mat­ter of min­utes out of sheer vis­ual as­so­ci­a­tion. But af­ter the fig­u­ra­tive dust set­tles, one finds that un­like sar­to­rial sol­diers who sim­ply march to the beat of pop­u­lar de­sign and stamp their names on an oth­er­wise typ­i­cal set of dé­cor, Issey Miyake’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fin­land-based de­sign stu­dio Iit­tala holds up. Fol­low­ing his struc­tured Bao Bao col­lec­tion—which gar­nered such en­vi­able re­cep­tion that the pieces, pre­vi­ously sold only in MoMa De­sign stores and on­line, now has its own bou­tique in Sin­ga­pore—Miyake once again harkens back to the trade he’s most known for: gar­ment pleat­ing. The aes­thetic usu­ally seen in his run­way col­lec­tions found new it­er­a­tions in polyester place mats and ta­ble run­ners that do away with un­sightly curled edges, the linens con­ve­niently snap­ping back into place af­ter use. The ta­ble nap­kins also pay sub­tle homage to Ja­pan as it fol­lows the shape of Mount Fuji. “The col­ors and shapes we’ve used are re­flec­tions of na­ture,” com­ments Iit­tala’s cre­ative di­rec­tor Jeremiah Tesolin. From its rich greens to cherry blossom pinks, the col­lec­tion is as much dec­o­ra­tive as it is func­tional.

Top: “They work as func­tional table­ware or dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects. Keep them where you’ll see them,” says Tesolin.

Left: Ta­ble linens rang­ing from $30 to $225 in muted pas­tels and neu­trals.

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