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A Renovated Machiya Townhouse, With Interior Designed by Naoto Fukasawa

Issey Miyake Kyoto, front facade © ISSEY MIYAKE INC. Photo by Masaya Yoshimura, Copist

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, interior © ISSEY MIYAKE INC. Photo by Masaya Yoshimura, Copist
Issey Miyake Kyoto, grand floor © ISSEY MIYAKE INC. Photo by Masaya Yoshimura, Copist

Issey Miyake Kyoto
89 Tsuchiyacho, Sanjo-sagaru,
Yanaginobanba-dori, Nakagyo-ku,
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-8112

Issey Miyake Kyoto, "KURA" gallery space © ISSEY MIYAKE INC. Photo by Masaya Yoshimura, Copist
Issey Miyake Kyoto, "KURA" gallery space currently exhibiting Ikko Tanaka © ISSEY MIYAKE INC. Photo by Masaya Yoshimura, Copist
March, 2018