LIVING IN HARMONY
East meets West in a timeless home collection by Issey Miyake and Iittala. By Rachel Ang
East meets West in a timeless home collection by Issey Miyake and Iittala
There’s now additional reason to take joy in the small domestic rituals that fill our everyday lives with the Iittala X Issey Miyake collection of household objects, first revealed at the Stockholm Design Week earlier this February. A joint effort between innovative fashion house Issey Miyake and Finnish household brand Iittala, this collaborative series seeks to bring a sense of harmony, comfort, and warmth into the mundane with its deluxe offering of ceramic, glass, and textile creations.
Most of us are already very familiar with the identity of the internationally renowned Issey Miyake and his eponymous fashion brand, which was started in 1970 along with the launch of Miyake Design Studio. Iittala, on the other hand, is a part of the Fiskars Group, Finland’s oldest corporation. Iittala initially started out as a company that specialises in glassware, particularly for tableware and cooking. Eventually, as its products began to gain popularity in the homeware industry, the brand expanded its range to include metal and ceramic products. All this while, Iittala made sure to maintain its focus on the elegance and timelessness of its product designs.
Issey Miyake’s and Iittala’s design philosophies have plenty in common: Both houses appreciate tradition, welcome innovation, value functionality, and distil all these qualities to clean, minimalist expressions through first- rate materials and excellent craftsmanship. “The continuous research and development for clothes- making of Issey Miyake is now crystallised in the collaboration project with Iittala,” says Midori Kitamura, president of Miyake Design Studio, citing the example of the textile items, which were made with the latest technology and delicate handwork.
With a comforting colour palette of warm, muted pastels, this “collection for everyday rituals” consists of 30 pieces of tableware and home objects ranging from napkins and ceramic cups to cushions. There are also plenty of textile products that show off the signature Issey Miyake folds and pleats, which can be transformed from two- to threedimensional forms. Their exquisite ability to transcend space at the touch of a hand yields a feeling of surprise and pleasure that you’re meant to take away from all the creations in the collection. It was dubbed as “the perfect inspiration to pause and enjoy the moment” at Stockholm Design Week 2016, and we couldn’t agree more.