Known for his highly successful women’s and men’s fashion lines and series of fragrance collections, Japanese fashion designer, Kenzo Takada has made a shift entering the interior design arena creating a unique collection of fabrics and ceramics for Roche Bobois.
Staying true to his signature style for incorporating elements of Japanese art and culture into his aesthetics, Mr. Taka’s collection for Roche Bobois features graphic and cultural references: mixing origins, mastering colors, and creating delicate patterns.
For the fabrics he found inspiration from ancient kimonos, specifically the weaving used in the classical Japanese musical dramas, Nō theaters. He reinterpreted the patterns and colors, creating three harmonious color schemes. These three themes express gentleness, vivacity, and depth, coinciding with the three different times of the day: ASA (morning), HIRU (midday), and YORU (evening). Kenzo Takada chose to use them to dress three versions of the iconic Mah Jong sofa.
“From the outset, I wanted to use inspiration from the patterns found on kimonos, specifically the weaving used for the Nō theatres. These designs and patterns were the guidelines of this collection for Roche Bobois, but I wanted to completely change their colors and interpret them in a new way. 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.” said Takada.
Also included in the collection are ceramics inspired by the Japanese spirit and savoir-faire in the art of fire pottery. These ceramics are coated with deep-colored enamels and enhanced by aged gold of glossy red copper leaf. Matching occasional tables and hand-tufted Gara rug round out this unique collection.
The collection will be available starting September 2017.