Maruwakaya is a visionary brand in Japan, its mission is to combine the Japanese traditional craftsmanship with contemporary concepts to produce unique products. Back in 2009, Maruwakaya invited Spanish designer Jaime Hayón to collaborate with the Japanese porcelain master shop Kutani Choemon to come up with a tableware collection. Hayón has designed many lifestyle products, but Japanese tableware was a definite first. Before proceeding with the design process, he studied the Japanese lifestyle and culture very closely so that he could understand the users and provide the best design solutions.
雙方緊密合作下在一年後的2010年生產出這一系列Jaime Hayón x Kutani Choemon的精緻作品。不但傳承了日本傳統工藝的細膩手工, 也完整的傳達了Hayón的活潑意念及大膽線條。簡約中明顯多了頑皮的元素。
After working closely for a year, the lovely Jaime Hayón x Kutani Choemon was born in 2010. The collection not only inherited the delicate Japanese traditional craftsmanship, it also fully incorporated the lively and bold elements from Jaime Hayón. A simple collection with a touch of fun.
在一個月前, 終於看到了這個幕後製作的短片。我驚嘆於一件件手工拉胚手工繪製的成品, 也看得到日本傳統陶藝的用心與堅持。多虧了丸若屋的理念, 讓這兩個品牌合作激盪出這樣精彩的火花。我真希望件件瓷器都能好好收藏呢。
One month ago, I finally saw the short documentary to show their production process. I was in awe with the ceramic-throwing and hand-illustration techniques and thoroughly impressed with the spirit from a traditional Japanese shop. These two brands met and created some beautiful sparks thanks to the vision of Maruwakaya. I personally wish I could collect every single piece.