The Issey Miyake Story
Issey Miyake has been a fixture in the fashion world since 1970. In the decades since, Miyake has expanded from women's fashion into men's clothing, fashion accessories, perfume, watch design, and now contemporary lighting. One of Miyake's fashion signatures--specialized garment pleating--translates beautifully from haute couture to designer lighting.
Developed by Issey Miyake and his Reality Lab, IN-EI Issey Miyake lighting is a collection of statuesque, geometrically-inspired folded lamps. These lamps are illuminated and produced in collaboration with Artemide.
Why We Love Issey Miyake
In Japanese, IN-EI stands for "shadow, shadiness, nuance." It is no wonder, then, that the Issey Miyake IN-EI lighting collection creates the ultimate play of light and shadow. It is a modern, mathematically complex take on traditional paper lanterns, with distinctive shades made out of fabric derived from recycled PET bottles. From the highly technical development process, pieces of delicate luminosity result. As Ernesto Gismondi of Artemide lighting explains it, "When you see them, you can't help feeling moved; when you understand them, you are full of wonder seeing a future we thought unreachable and couldn't imagine this beautiful."
A Fun Fact About Issey Miyake
Issey Miyake uses a special formula to make both clothing and lighting fixtures: 132 5. The 1 refers to the singular fabric being used as the basis for each design. 3 refers to the tri-dimensionality of the finished piece, and 2 to the two-dimensionality of the folded shade (where it starts and to where it can return at any time). Finally, the deliberate space and 5. is symbolic of the metamorphosis that occurs between 2 and 3.
Noteworthy Lighting by Issey Miyake
One of the more intricate IN-EI pieces, the Mendori Table Lamp resembles a spiraling shell. The final form, as well as the process used to create it, have already garnered Mendori a place in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.