2016.12.29 (thu)

“Atabaque in Kokura Stripes” at Il Piccolo, Brera ~ Milano

On December 15, at Il Piccolo showroom in Brera, there was an inauguration for “Atabaque in Kokura Stripes”, 6 lamps designed by Alessio Monti. The dynamic lamps incorporated SHIMA-SHIMA fabrics with various types of wood and metal. Noriko Tsuiki’s hand-woven fabrics were on exhibit, as well as kimonos, cushions and other products by Kokura Creation.

Also on exhibit were Alessio’s unique furniture and box-shelves, essential designs which are enhanced with the use of leather and wood.

The Danish company KBH exhibited a large, beautifully crafted table made of fumed oak and a series of chairs.

The opening party was attended by a lively group of people from the world of design in Milano. See the photos, for a glimpse of the wonderful reception. The installation will close on December 31.

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IL PICCOLO Architettura degli Interni
Via Delio Tessa, 1, 20121
Milano, Italy
tel: 02-874819

Il Piccolo Milano site:

http://www.ilpiccolo.com/en/

Il Piccolo Lugano site:

http://www.ilpiccolo.ch/en/

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Alessio Monti’s company, Matì :

http://matidesignlab.com

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KBH ~ Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri

http://kbhsnedkeri.dk

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Kyoko
Milano, December 28, 2016

Photo credit: Simone Becchetti

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Il Piccolo owner, Andrea Galimberti

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Noriko Tsuiki and Alessio Monti

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Kyoko Tsuchihashi, Noriko Tsuiki, Andrea Galimberti, Alessio Monti, Rossella Menegazzo

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Noriko and hand-woven works

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Noriko’s work

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Alessio !

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When the lamps are switched on, stripes appear on the lampshade…

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SHIMA-SHIMA Japanese paper used for the lampshade

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KBH’s Roger and Kim, with Andrea

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Noriko, Kyoko, Laura

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Roger and Kim

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Foreground: KBH oak table and chairs
Background: Alessio Monti wood and leather box-shelves

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Sergio Calatroni, Luisa Cevese, Noriko

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Design: Alessio Monti

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Paolo and Gabriella

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2016.12.29 (thu)

Madama Butterfly at Teatro alla Scala, Milano

On December 7th, there was a festive atmosphere in Piazza Duomo, with crowds of people who had gathered to enjoy the lighting-up ceremony of the enormous Christmas tree, complete with a live-concert and a performance by illuminated butterfly-dancers.

In Piazzo Duomo, a historic building was the location for a musical advent calendar from December 1~24, with a musician at a window on the1st, increasing every day until all 24 windows were open for a 30 minute concert on Christmas Eve.

Also on December 7th, Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly opened the opera season at the Scala, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Japan-Italy relations. The opera was televised by RAI, the Italian national public broadcasting company. Tickets were sold out for this opera, which is very popular with Italians. Noriko Tsuiki and I were fortunate to be able to get gallery seats by standing in queue for quite a while.

YouTube : RAI video

All over Milano, there are events on the Madama Butterfly theme. The windows of Rinascente department store are now decorated with beautiful and quirky displays of mannequins in kimonos, that wear headphones, facing a retro-style black and white television.

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Milano, December 27, 2016

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2016.12.14 (wed)

COSTRUZIONI in Pavia

The other day, I visited COSTRUZIONI, an eclectic boutique owned by Marina Danova and Alida Buttarelli. They had participated in the ISETAN event in March 2015, with a collection of original apparel and accessories using SHIMA-SHIMA fabrics.

An exhibition, “The Nature of Desire & Vetrifusi”, featuring works in glass by artist Sergio Calatroni was being shown when I visited. Sergio divides his time between Tokyo and Pavia, and works in many other mediums.

Marina had recently returned from a buying trip to India, and the shop was full of brightly colored items bought there.

COSTRUZIONI
Corso Garibaldi Giuseppe, 5/F
Pavia
tel: 0382 304728

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/CostruzioniIdeeDesign/

Kyoko
Milano,  December 13, 2016

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Sergio, Marina, Alida (and Frida)

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2016.12.14 (wed)

“JAPAN SENSES” Show in Tokyo

From October 19th ~ November 1st, SHIMA-SHIMA participated in the “JAPAN SENSES” Show at Isetan Department Store and MItsukoshi Department Store in Tokyo. New furniture by TIME & STYLE, a collection of men’s fashions, as well as a fall~winter collection were featured.

Furniture : TIME & STYLE

Men’s fashion : 14 brands including Aquascutum, J. PRESS, Paul Stuart, Mila Schon

SHIMA-SHIMA Fall & Winter Collection :
Laboratorio Capri
kyoko x SHIMA-SHIMA

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Milano,  December 13, 2016

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2016.12.14 (wed)

Visit Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro Exhibition : Palazzo Reale, Milano

The exhibition, which will continue until January 29, 2017, has been huge success from the very start. On the weekends in particular, there is often a long queue that nearly reaches Piazza Duomo !

Produced by the city of Milano and MondoMostre Skira, curated by Rossella Menegazzo, professor of Asian Art HIstory at Universita degli Studi of MIlano, this exhibition is one of the most important events during 2016, commemorating the 150th anniversary of relations between Italy and Japan.

A collection of SHIMA-SHIMA products is being sold in the Skira book shop, at the exit of the exhibition at Palazzo Reale.

Palazzo Reale site:
http://www.palazzorealemilano.it/wps/portal/poc?urile=wcm%3Apath%3ATUR_EN_ContentLibrary/SA_minisito_palazzo_reale/mostre/corso/Hokusai_Hiroshige_Utamaro

Address: Piazza del Duomo 12, Milano, Italy
Phone: +39 02 8846 5230

Kyoko
Milano, Dec 12, 2016

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Rossella Menegazzo to the right, and her sister Lori Menegazzo (jewelry designer) to the left.

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Lori’s jewelry collection, made of Japanese fabrics.

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Lori’s flower-earrings made of SHIMA-SHIMA fabrics.
Photo credit:
Nunolab Venice Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Nunolab-Venice-146698658856464/

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