Bottega Veneta Japanese Pop Up Shop- 04.19.10
On amazing surprises, i never expected a quick rush out to the Bottega Veneta launch between a cocktail appointment and dinner would prove to be one of the most inspiring experiences this trip! Also… totally tempt my shopping gene… Bottega Veneta featured a pop-up store store filled with unique, pleasing and travel ready items, which are apparently not readily available outside of Japan, as well as a small collection of Bottega Veneta products designed exclusively for the occasion by their creative director Tomas Maier. Simple, beautiful, and irresistible… housed in their new Milan office near Lido… and sadly only open for a few days! The products were absolutely stunning! And i totally gave in and bought an amazing wine opener… so FIRST, take a peek at the pop up shop offerings on the next page… and more to come on the wine opener and actual home collection (which is also totally lustworthy)…
The Japanese items for sale in the store were selected by Mr. Maier together with Seiichi Kamei, editor-in-chief of the prestigious Japanese design and architecture magazine Casa Brutus. Each object was chosen for its craftsmanship, functionality, design and relation to Japanese tradition.
The objects include hand-cut Edo Kirido glasses from Yasunori Kimura for Taburo Corporation; hand cut Shippo-Kirido glasses the Tokyo-based atelier Glass Forest; Akita cedar wood pitchers by renowned artisan Yasutaka Shimizu; A wine opener by Hagino Mitsunobu of the Niigata Prefecture design studio Hyakunen-Monogatari (Tales of a Century); and a box featuring Hakone Yosegi-Zaiku, a traditional marquetry technique, by Katsuhiro Kanazashi.
In the words of Tomas Maier “…We created a store so that those who visit our exhibition can take something small and memorable home with them. Most importantly, I hope they are inspired by the beauty, sophistication, and workmanship of the objects they see.”