This month marks the international launch of the Iittala X Issey Miyake home collection, with the results of a four-year collaboration between the two brands having been revealed to an audience of international press at Stockholm Design Week. The 30-piece collection is designed to bring harmony to everyday life, with the simple and minimal design language of Miyake’s Japan and Iittala’s Finland complementing each other perfectly. A shared respect for tradition and innovative materials has led the two cultures towards an increasingly similar aesthetic – one that is fully realised in the new range, which includes textiles, ceramics and glass. The collection invites you to celebrate the rituals of domestic life by setting a gentle mood with its muted colours and delicate shapes.
Iittala and Issey Miyake are natural partners given their shared design philosophies. Iittala is a master of timeless design icons, whereas Issey Miyake is renowned for innovative clothes that go beyond fashion and trends. “The two brands have always been true to their philosophy of timeless design and creative thinking. They also value tradition, functionality, craftsmanship and the use of innovative materials and methodologies in their design work”, says Harri Koskinen, Design Director of Iittala.
The collection has been designed in close collaboration between Iittala concept and design team and Miyake Design Studio. Throughout the design development process, both teams have shown a great appreciation of nature, handwork, design simplicity and new technology.
The tactile play of textiles and pentagon forms of the glass and ceramic objects is an invitation to touch and feel the material, while the colour scheme is inspired by the awakening of spring and the blossoming of flowers.