A tale of two design forces and what they’re bringing to the table
Issey Miyake and Iittala’s latest collaboration
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.