Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Day 2182: Another week ready to fly by.

taikomochi: old print, collage & digiital

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"Issey Miyake converts 132 year old Kyoto Machiya, 
a traditional wooden townhouse, into a new Boutique & Gallery."

photo by Masaya Yoshimura

       Sumi, a shade of charcoal grey that comes from Japanese
        calligraphy, served as the inspiration for fashion designer 
  Issey Miyake’s new Kyoto boutique, which opened last weekend. 
     It was designed by longtime collaborator Naoto Fukasawa, 
    the product designer best-known for work for MUJI products.
     Together, they’ve created a shop that is discreet and elegant.

photo by Masaya Yoshimura

courtyard behind the shop, photo by Masaya Yoshimura

The new shop is nestled along the small Yanaginobanba-dori 
street in Kyoto’s Sanjo neighborhood. It sits inside a 132-year old machiya, or townhouse, and has been beautifully renovated. 
The facade, which has remained largely intact, conceals most of the interior except for light that passes through the dark latticed wood. In fact, the only place where any sign appears is in the corner 
of the noren curtain, where the minimal logo appears.

photo by Masaya Yoshimura

One of the reasons that Miyake chose this particular townhouse was because it included a courtyard and kura, a storage facility that historically was used to house things like grain and sake. 

photo by Masaya Yoshimura

This kura has been turned into a gallery space that will host several revolving exhibitions each year. The inaugural show features another one of Miyake’s long-time collaborators: the late graphic designer Ikko Tanaka.

2nd floor, photo by Masaya Yoshimura

            Issey Miyake Kyoto  is open from 11:00am – 8:00pm. 
                   They carry Homme Plisse Issey Miyake, 
                 Issey Miyake Men and Bao Bao Issey Miyake.

Bloom Skin

a gorgeous wind installation for Designer, Issey Miyake


One of Issey Miyake’s more innovative retail projects in 2012.

Visual design studio WOW created an installation

of 8 computer controlled fans and a single piece of fabric. 

Called ‘organdie,’ the ultra-light fabric, which is also used throughout the collection, creates gentle wave-like motions as it dances in the show window

Calming and gorgeous ...

A smile for Tuesday ...

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