Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

 

Get out! Seriously, how good is this? Tokyo based designer Yusuke Seki shared with us his latest project – a flagship store for Maruhiro, leading producer of Hasami ceramics, pottery and porcelain in Japan. The store’s conceptual and experiential focus is an arresting stacked central platform made of 25,000 pieces of ceramic, produced in cooperation with numerous pottery factories from the Hasami area.

The platform features layers of locally sourced defected tableware and poured concrete. Each one of the pieces, called “Shinikiji” in Japanese, was found to be flawed after the initial bisque-firing by their respective local production facilities. As part of his design process, Seki revived all the pieces by deciding to use them to make ‘bricks’, thereby transforming a fragile material into a key structural component for the store. In doing so, the designer has managed to create a sense of reverence for the history of ceramics in the area. This projects also highlights the fragility of each individual piece of ceramic, re-engineered to inspire and cultivate respect for the legacy of the local industry. Genius!

 

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

 

Maruhiro is the leading producer of Hasami ceramics, pottery and porcelain, named after the Hasami region in Nagasaki prefecture. This area has a long history of ceramic tableware production and wholesale distribution dating back to the early 17th Century.

Yusuke Seki established his Tokyo-based design practice in 2008. His approach to design challenges us to conceptualise and revaluate our preconceived interpretations. His designs embrace simplicity and minimalism at a first glance. His inspiration is derived from elements which already exist within the context such as materials, location and heritage; all gathered and represented through the formal design approach. The function is essential in his design, although through his work he also focuses on facts and phenomena from the environment, including the essential design methods from the past, passed through to the future.

 

Related Post: Kolmio+LIM Beauty Salon by Yusuke Seki // Osaka, Japan.

 

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace

Maruhiro Flagship Ceramics Store by Yusuke Seki | Yellowtrace


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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

One Response

  1. Fenina
    Fenina

    I’ve lost it. This is so cool. Walking on that would be such a cool experience…but dear lord, no high heels!

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