East meets West in a time­less home col­lec­tion by Issey Miyake and Iit­tala. By Rachel Ang

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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.

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