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ISSEY MIYAKE PARFUMS is a collection that was co-developed with Beauté Prestige International in France. The first fragrance, L’EAU D’ISSEY, was born in 1992. The idea for this scent, whose name means ‘water’, was conceived of by Miyake, who saw water as both the greatest material, as well as the greatest source for inspiration. It has had a remarkable influence upon the world of perfume.
The Miyake Design Studio supervises the creative direction for the fragrance at every stage, from the initial concept to bottle design, naming, graphics, package design, marketing tools, and publicity.
Issey Miyake’s philosophy has never deviated. His goals are to create fragrances that convey a message, to inspire people with hope for a bright future, to present simple yet functional bottle designs that are at once accessible and universal, while never losing a sense of wonder. As with our clothing design, we continue to create new fragrances that are not only pertinent to our lifestyles, but are also founded in pure essentials.
Edition Special Creations Born from Two Encounters
These special edition bottles were created as a homage to two designers to whom Issey Miyake is eternally bound by friendship.
2008: L’EAU D’ISSEY EDITION SHIRO KURAMATA
“Mr. Kuramata’s designs always lead us to dream. Working with him was always inspiring.” Issey Miyake
Shiro Kuramata worked on many store designs after his first ISSEY MIYAKE boutique in 1976. In 1990, when L’EAU D’ISSEY was born, he was asked to create the design for the bottle as a natural extension of his work. Mr. Kuramata, who was a great lover of perfumes, was creative and poetic, but due to the limitations of the mass-production technology at the time, it was impossible to manufacture his design. By 2008 however, thanks to advances in technology, it became possible.
Parfum 20ml Limited Edition Shiro Kuramata – numbered in 2500 bottles
Photo : Daniel Jouanneau
Photo : Daniel Jouanneau
2009: L’EAU D’ISSEY EDITION ETTORE SOTTSASS
“Ettore is a man who embodies the word “freedom”. I can think of no other designer today who shares such a unique vision” Issey Miyake
Issey Miyake was a great admirer of Sottsass’ work. In 1997, during one of their meetings, Ettore Sottsass drew a perfume bottle for his friend.
In 2009, Issey Miyake wants to celebrate this renowned designer.
The design, features vivid, fluorescent-colored strands intertwining within a slender, oval-shaped transparent-glass bottle. This limited edition bottle was created as he conceived it, with the combination of the body made by advanced traditional glass blowing techniques and plastic strands intertwined within.
Eau de parfum 100ml – Limited Edition Ettore Sottsass numbered in 2000 bottles.
Photo : Luc Monnet
Ettore Sottsass portrait. Photo : Santi Caleca
L'EAU D'ISSEY EDITION ETTORE SOTTSASS Catalog
L’EAU D’ISSEY (launch 1992 )
||Prix International pour le meilleur packaging parfum féminin lancé en 1992 /Accademia del Profumo
||European FIFI AWARDS prix meilleur parfum feminin catégorie "prestige" lancée europe en 1992
||American FIFI AWARDS- prix du meilleur parfum prestige lancé aux USA en 1993 en distribution exclusive
||American FIFI AWARDS- meilleur packaging parfum feminin en distribution exclusive
||American FIFI AWARDS- fragrance hall of fame women's
L’EAU D’ISSEY POUR HOMME (launch 1994 )
||"European FIFI AWARDS" prix européen du meilleur lancement parfum masculin lancé en 1994
L’EAU BLEUE D’ISSEY POUR HOMME (launch 2004 )
||FIFI AWARDS- Best new male fragrance packaging
||FIFI AWARDS- Best packaging of the year in the men's prestige category
A scent by issey miyake (launch 2009)
||Grand Prix Stratégies/First luxe .com du luxe 2009
Mention speciale jury dans la catégorie Relations Publiques & Relations presse à BPI pour le lancement presse de a scent by issey miyake
||Prix Academia del Profumo => meilleure composition olfactive et meilleur packaging design féminin
||Oscar Cosmétique Magazine meilleur packaging design parfum innovation artistique
PARFUMS PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE (launch 2012 )
||The CEW(UK) 2014 Beauty Awards
Best New Women's Fragrance
The Watch project has been evolving since 2001, pairing Seiko Instruments Inc. with the creative direction of the Miyake Design Studio. There have been eight designers involved in the project to date, each of whom has created a watch true to the spirit of Issey Miyake, interpreted in their voice. The designers are always faced with the challenge of creating a fresh design, as well as an analogue watch, that will be made in Japan. The designers also create their own package design. The collaborative efforts of the trios comprised of designer, Seiko and the Miyake Design Studio continue to result in beautiful, functional designs, each of which is distinct and affordable.
ISSEY MIYAKE Watch: Tenth Anniversary Special Model
The ISSEY MIYAKE Watch project celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The project, which began in 2001, is comprised of 13 different series, each done in collaboration with noted designers from all over the world. To mark this anniversary Tokujin Yoshioka has designed a special model, “O.” Its concept is based upon “the shape of water: a watch which keeps transparent time.” Each year, a new model has been presented at BASELWORLD, the annual international watch and jewelry show. The Watch Project will be ticking new time for the next ten years.
“mayu+” started in 2007 as a new brand of bedding and homewear collection. “mayu+” is a new concept in bedding design, inspired by the layered pastry millefeuille: the light and high-quality can be layered to adjust temperature, and can also be used as interior items. It is now co-developed with BAU CHI BEDDING ENTERPRISE CO., LTD. in Taiwan R.O.C.
Issey Miyake’s new project, 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE, confronts the environmental and resource issues we face today, and explores the making things of the future. In this project, with Miyake as the central figure, the project team Reality Lab., founded in 2007, conduct various research and development. Using fabric made from improved recycled polyester fiber and forms developed by applying three-dimensional mathematical principles, the new 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE clothes were born in autumn 2010.
In the development process of the 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE project, attempts to explore design from a broader viewpoint – not just limited to clothing – evolved into the IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE lighting products.
The production of the lighting products involved not only the latest technology, but also the work by human hands. And, at the base of the products’ concept is the traditional Japanese esthetics about the relationship between light and shadow (in-ei). This concept is also represented in Junichiro Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows: “We find beauty not in the thing itself, but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.” The three-dimensional form concept developed by 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE was used in creating the lampshades, and the original material with excellent shape retention and light transmission qualities was developed.
The IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE lighting products were launched by Italian lighting maker Artemide in April 2012 at Light+Building (Frankfurt) and the Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano).
||iF design award /International Forum Design Hannover
||reddot design award /Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen
best of the best
||Good Design Award /Japan Institute of Design Promotion
||ADI Compasso d’Oro Award /Italy
||DFA Design for Asia Awards /Hong Kong Design Centre
Photo : Iwasaki Hiroshi
Two masters of timeless design, Iittala and Issey Miyake. A unique collaboration between Finland and Japan has given birth to a high quality home collection, Iittala x Issey Miyake.
The design theme is blossom. Inspired by the colors of nature, the pentagon shaped textile, ceramic and glass products are created by not only the craftsmanship but also the design approach that respects the original material and innovative technology.
The Iittala x Issey Miyake home collection consists of 30 items such as cups, plates, table napkins, placemats, and cushion covers. They bring moments of harmony and serenity to our busy daily lives.
ISSEY MIYAKE is embarking on the ISSEY MIYAKE EYES PROJECT to showcase a new eyewear series. The essential design points are: being basic; paying attention to detail for their quality and dignity, and being loved for years to come. It is these fundamental and evident elements for making products that ISSEY MIYAKE carefully strives to establish the standard for tomorrow. And what is required to achieve it is assured skills and an accumulated experience. We are pleased to announce that a prominent Japanese eyewear manufacturer KANEKO OPTICAL identifies with our vision and has agreed to work with us on the new project. Through this collaboration, the project has evolved and we will present the “beauty of use”, bringing zest and zeal to people’s daily lives.
ISSEY MIYAKE’s eyewear products are also engraved with the manufacturer name, KANEKO OPTICAL. In charge of development and production for the project, it is the partner that designer Yusuke Takahashi himself nominated, and is an eyewear manufacturer that does everything from the planning to the sales of eyewear products.
Takahashi comments, “I am surprised to see how perfectly ISSEY MIYAKE’s respect for domestic high quality craftsmanship and KANEKO OPTICAL’s strong motivation for product development integrate together. The images and designs that we envisioned are precisely embodied into the products thanks to KANEKO OPTICAL’s own method and accumulated expertise both in design and production of eyewear”.
KANEKO OPTICAL PROFILE
Kaneko Opticals own factory “BACKATAGE”
The company’s headquarters is located in Sabae City in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, a region distinguished for its sophisticated eyewear production techniques at the highest level in the world. With its own factory BACKSTAGE and its chain of directly managed stores KANEKO GANKYO, the company gets involved in everything from the planning and designing to the production and sales of eyewear, while assuring quality of products. Its “CRAFTSMAN SERIES”, a collection of glasses each of which bears the name of an author-craftsperson, is receiving high acclaim as a work to pass down traditional eyewear techniques to the present day.