As part of this year’s special Japanese collaboration presentation, Bottega Veneta is featuring a pop-up store filled with unique, pleasing, and travel-ready items.
The Japanese items for sale in the store were selected by Mr. Tomas Maier together with Seiichi Kamei, editor-in-chief of the prestigious Japanese design and architecture magazine Casa Brutus. Each object was chosen for its craftsmanship, functionality, design, and relation to Japanese tradition.
The objects include hand-cut Edo Kiriko glasses from a third-generation craftsman Yasunori Kimura for Taburo Corporation; hand-cut Shippo Kiriko glasses from the Tokyo-based atelier Glass Forest; Akita cedar wood pitchers by renowned artisan Yasutaka Shimizu; a wine opener by Mitsunobu Ogino of the Niigata Prefecture design studio Hyakunen-Monogatari (Tales of a Century); and a box featuring Hakone Yosegi-Zaiku, a traditional Japanese marquetry technique, by the award-winning craftsman Katsuhiro Kanazashi.
Included in the selection will be four handbags and several small leather goods from Bottega Veneta, all designed exclusively and in limited edition for the event.
The pop-up store, located on the fourth floor of Bottega Veneta’s new Via Privata Ercole Marelli headquarters in Milan, is just one part of Bottega Veneta’s week-long celebration of Japanese design and craftsmanship. A highlight of the week will be a showcase of the winning furniture designs from the recent student design competition sponsored by Bottega Veneta in collaboration with Tokyo University. An exhibition of Japanese crafts and a tranquil, inviting tea service complete the exposition.
“Putting together this special Salone del Mobile presentation has been both an adventure and a pleasure,” says Bottega Veneta Creative Director Tomas Maier. “I am a great admirer of Japanese craft and design so it was a privilege to work with Seiichi Kamei of Casa Brutus, and with the architect Manabu Chiba and his students at Tokyo University.
We created the store so that those who visit our exhibition can take something small and memorable home with them.
Most importantly, I hope they are inspired by the beauty, sophistication, and workmanship of the objects they see.”