Issey Miyake, the Japanese fashion designer with fanciful creations on the runway, and Iittala, the Finnish design company specializing in design objects for the home, have today launched a unique collaboration with details for the home. There have been a lot of rumours and secret hints about this in social media lately and it seems to be the most hyped homeware collaboration this far during 2016.
The collection is already out on the market and is also exclusively sold at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) Design Store during the whole spring. The collection includes, among other things, pillows, place mats, napkins, cups and plates. All pieces are either in soft pastel or neutral tones. I was thinking that the pale pink colour refers to the famous Japanese cherry blossoms, and actually, it was true! :)
Iittala’s creative director Jeremiah Tesolin says:
"The colors and shapes we’ve used are reflections of nature. Rich greens recall Scandinavia’s forests, while the shades of pale pink and gray reference the Sakura, the blossoming of Japanese cherry trees. The napkins carry a lovely detail from Japan: When folded, each is the shape of Mount Fuji."
I think it is an interesting collaboration. Some details are clearly inspired by the art of origami, which is an old Japanese paper-folding tradition.
Reference| The Wall Street Journal