PLACEText: Aya Shomura

In collaboration with Hong-Kong-based Michael Young Studio has created a finnish brand Iittala retail store in Taipei. Built in the new Miramar shopping centre, the flagship works as a highlight of Iittala’s design presence in Taiwan and a showcase of the new store design concept.

© Michael Young Limited.

Iittala has taken steady steps towards international growth, with a strong focus on Asia and the recent announcement of the Iittala × Issey Miyake Home Collection launched in February 2016. All together, Iittala has more than 200 stores and shop in shops internationally of which over 90 are in Asian countries.

© Michael Young Limited.

Say’s Young, “It’s been a rare opportunity to work  with such an historical brand, Iittala is responsible for building some of the cornerstones the design industry knows today. The depth of culture in the brand offered me a vast source of inspiration and a tool box to work from”. He has also taken inspiration from the wonderful wooden glass blowing tools he spotted on his first visit to the Helsinki production facility to create a vast decorative wall element.

© Michael Young Limited.

They also created a mosaic of display systems to cater for the selected product ranges. Empowering the vision was the creation of a new glass light design that references the plastic Butchers light used in markets and in stores throughout Asia, it is a tribute combing culture and craftsmanship.

Iittala Taipei
Address: Miramar Centre, No. 20, Jingye 3rd Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei
Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00
Tel: +886 2 2175 6456

Text: Aya Shomura

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