ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO
A Renovated Machiya Townhouse, With Interior Designed by Naoto Fukasawa
A new boutique by renowned Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake opens in Kyoto, transforming a 132-year old traditional “machiya” townhouse into store and gallery space. Designed by Japanese industrial designer and Miyake’s ongoing interiors collaborator Naoto Fukasawa, the space is inspired by classic Sumi-e (墨絵 – ancient art of Japanese brush painting) colour, reflecting tradition and innovation. Key elements include exposed wooden beams, fusuma doors and sliding shoji with the dark interior supported by large, glass windows located in the rear with numerous light fittings throughout.
Alongside the main house, a former Kura (倉-storehouse) has been renovated into a small gallery space, with a grey stone walkway that leads to the distinctively thick-walled clay building. Formerly storing grains or rice, this contemporary renovation now presents seasonal exhibitions and installations in the space.
Issey Miyake Kyoto
89 Tsuchiyacho, Sanjo-sagaru,
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-8112