February 9, 2016,
NEW YORK – Finnish design company Iittala has unveiled a new home collection with designer Issey Miyake.
The Iittala X Issey Miyake Collection of 30 items—textiles, ceramics and glass—will be exclusive to the MoMA Design Store in New York’s SoHo through May (and available to other retailers following its initial run).
Textiles in the collection feature characteristic folding techniques of Issey Miyake designs. Angular and pentagonal pieces fold or unfold as placemats, coasters, runners and tote bags. “When you open the product, it’s kind of a blossoming,” Irina Viipola, concept design manager, Iittala, told Gifts and Decorative Accessories during the unveiling of the collection at the MoMA Design Store today. “It’s this intertwined form that unravels into something. It’s a functional, non-functional item.”
The entire collection falls into a subtle color scheme including deep forest green, signifying the forests in Finland and light grey and pink, inspired by the cherry blossoms of Miyake’s Japan.
“We wanted to redesign what Scandinvian design is,” said Viipola. “There’s some kind of magic in the items, when you open and close them, when people touch them. We wanted items that were simple yet poetic.”
Click on the image below to see more from the Iittala X Issey Miyake Collection.