Renowned fashion designer Kenzo Takada has created an exquisite collection of kimono-inspired fabrics and ceramics for Roche Bobois
It is as surprising as it is exhilarating to see Kenzo Takada, who founded his own fashion empire almost half a century ago, resurfacing from the retirement he announced in 2000 – not to mention the fact that he's designing under his own name again, at the age of 78. More than 50 years since moving to Paris and revolutionising the fashion world, Takada has ventured into interior and home design and recently collaborated with Parisian design house Roche Bobois for the second time to launch the Kenzo Takada Collection, a sumptuous range of fabrics, cushions and ceramics imprinted with his signature style of colours and patterns.
The custom line of fabrics is a reflection of Takada's vivid graphic and cultural references – mixing origins, mastering colours, and creating delicate patterns. He took inspiration from the kimono, specifically the weaving used in the Noh theatres – adding a slight Japanese touch to the collection.
"I wanted to completely change their colours and interpret them in a new way," says Takada. "Every effort has been made to ensure that these new fabrics, although made industrially, still respect the spirit of the old kimonos, paying particular attention to the jacquards and materials used."
Aiming for a masculine personality, he balances the design with light colours by creating three harmonious colour schemes with a pop feel. The themes symbolise the different times of the day – Asa (morning), Hiru (midday), and Yoru (evening) – that are integrated into his reinterpretation of Roche Bobois' signature Mah Jong sofa by mixing colours, materials and textiles.
The fashion designer-turned-decorator also extends the collection to include a range of European-made richly coloured ceramics that have been inspired by the Japanese spirit and savoir-faire in the art of fire pottery. These ceramics, featuring motifs from the fabrics, are coated with deep-coloured enamels in several firings and decorated with gold or red-copper leaf.