Iittala x Issey Miyake Collection

The Finnish design brand Iittala collaborates with the Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake on a collection of household objects, including vases, plates and canvas bags

The Finnish design brand Iittala has teamed up with Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake to produce a collaborative collection of household objects. The range is intended to bring harmony to the rituals of everyday life.

The 30 items include crockery, vases, napkins, table clothes and a candleholder; photographed here is the dark grey canvas bag, which is also available ivory and emerald. This colour palette, which also includes soft pink, has been chosen to evoke the blooming flowers of spring. The collection aims to make users contemplate the products through their muted designs and tactile textures.

In the words of Miyake Design Studio president Midori Kitamura, “The continuous research and development for clothes making of Issey Miyake is now crystallised 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.”

Originally opened as a glass factory in 1881, Iittala is now one of Finland’s most significant design brands. Its back catalogue features work by many of the country’s leading designers, including Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto and Kaj Franck.

Founded in 1970 by the titular fashion designer, Issey Miyake’s history is much shorter but similarly distinguished. Known for its minimalist, technologically-driven style, the brand aims to challenge the conventions of clothing while creating products that people want to wear.