Started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland and part of Fiskars Group, Iittala insists on Scandinavian aesthetics, quality, and functionality. Issey Miyake was started by Issey Miyake himself in 1970 when the Miyake Design Studio that embraces innovative thinking was established. The Iittala x Issey Miyake collection comprises of 30 items that feature gentle colours and delicate shapes and includes textiles, ceramics and glass.
The simple and minimal design language of Japan and Finland complement 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 collection.
The collection has been designed in close collaboration between Iittala’s 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 in their work.
"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 tactile play of textiles reflects Miyake’s skills with materials, while the colour scheme is inspired by the awakening of spring and the blossoming of flowers.
The textile products are created based on Issey Miyake's original folding and pleating techniques that have been used in its clothes making since late 1980s. "The continuous research and development for clothes making of Issey Miyake is now crystalised in the collaboration project with Iittala. The textile items are created using not only the latest technology to fold and pleat the material but also the delicate handwork. The pentagon suggests a non-daily element. We hope this will bring a special moment,” says Midori Kitamura, president of Miyake Design Studio.