Two geographically disparate brands united by a philosophy of timeless design and creative thinking, Finland’s Iittala and Japan’s Issey Miyake share a similar aesthetic and a respect for tradition, functionality and craftsmanship. Now the use of pioneering methods and new materials in the brands’ respective work has been fully crystallized into a new collaboration, the Iittala X Issey Miyake collection of innovative and elegant homeware.
The Iittala X Issey Miyake range of textiles, ceramics and glass invites you to celebrate the rituals of domestic life by setting a gentle mood thanks to its subtle colours, tactile textiles and delicate shapes. Comprising bags, tabletop accessories and cushion covers, the 30-piece range’s tonal scheme is inspired by Japanese spring blossoms, while its textile products (including napkins and placemats) are based on the ingenious pleating techniques that have been a technical leitmotif of Issey Miyake’s clothing since the late 1980s.
Having started life as a small glass factory in southern Finland, Iittala has evolved into a leading manufacturer of essential objects designed to enrich people’s everyday lives and to last a lifetime. Now part of the Fiskars Group, it boasts an august heritage that includes classics such as Alvar Aalto’s iconic vase collection from 1936, the ‘Teema’ tableware by Kaj Franck from 1952, and the handcrafted Birds glass ornaments by Oiva Toikka.
Founded by Hiroshima-born fashion designer Issey Miyake in 1970, the Issey Miyake brand and studio is driven by innovative thinking, constant research and development, and new technology-based interpretations of traditional clothing techniques. Renowned for its Pleats Please collections, the Tokyo-based company also produces perfumes, watches and lighting.
‘The simple, minimal design language of Iittala and Issey Miyake complement each other perfectly,’ says Harri Koskinen, Iittala’s design director. ‘The textile items are created using not only the latest technology to fold and pleat the material, but also some very delicate handwork,’ adds Midori Kitamura, president of Miyake Design Studio.