I Like Dreaming
For Kenzo, this technique from the 15th century “makes the object even more beautiful” and fits perfectly with the contemporary concern of recycling.
His creative assistant Engelbert Honorat said the technique embodies “the Japanese art of honoring something whilst remaining simple.”
The collection is organised around three themes, Kenzo said.
His “Shogun” items represent masculinity and are sober and solemn, dominated by black and white.
“Sakura” is about harmony and tranquility and includes a few gold notes in its subtle pastel palette, while the “Maiko” range is in vivid red and pink, paying tribute to the kimonos and make-up of young geishas, he said.
One of the pieces that stands out in Kenzo’s first collection is a low-rimmed table with a hole in the middle which can be filled with water for various uses.
Petals can be left to float on the surface, or it can be used as a vase in a tribute to the Japanese art of flower arrangement, “ikebana”, said Kenzo.
“Our ideal interior is one of comfort which tempts you to stay inside. I like something that is soft and poetic, not aggressive. I like dreaming,” he said.