2024 February 15
PRODUCT STORY: MUSUBI ARMCHAIR
The design of Musubi Armchair emphasizes the beautifully yet efficiently sculptured parts of wood. The backrest, arms, and the seat are all like sculptures, assembled as one in a unique curved shape.
2024 February 8
PRODUCT STORY: MIAU ARMCHAIR
The exceptional talent of GamFratesi, combined with their love and respect toward Japanese traditions and craftsmanship, resulted in creating a beautiful armchair that carries a nostalgic feeling yet freshness at the same time. Working with solid wood was a fascinating experience for the duo especially because they were able to work very closely with the workshop for the KOYORI project.
2024 February 2
KOYORI Announces New Design Collaboration with Michael Anastassiades
KOYORI is thrilled to announce a pivotal moment in its design journey with the addition of acclaimed designer Michael Anastassiades to its esteemed team. This strategic collaboration marks a significant step towards redefining design excellence and elevating the KOYORI brand to new heights.
2024 January 25
PRODUCT STORY: SHAKU CHAIR
The Shaku Chair is not just a piece of furniture; it's a journey through time, a warm, beautiful, and simple chair that seems to narrate the history itself. In Ronan Bouroullec's words, "We have invented something new, but at the same time, it is somewhere linked to history. We are very happy that we could come up with such a design."
2024 January 16
KOYORI ANECDOTES: MIZUHIKI AND KOYORI
Mizuhiki serves a dual purpose in Japanese tradition: not only does it secure gift wrappings, but it also conveys the emotions of the giver through its intricate knots. Once tied, the knot symbolizes an unbreakable connection, embodying the profound significance of human relationships and interconnectedness.
2024 January 10
PRODUCT STORY: KAWARA ARMCHAIR
In 1997, when Ronan Bouroullec first visited Japan, he bought a beautiful book called ‘Yanagi Sori’. The book, which still remains his favorite, introduced him to a piece of furniture designed by Yanagi and crafted by one of KOYORI’s manufacturers.
The innovative design and the solid structure, coupled with precise manufacturing technology created this elegant and versatile chair.
2023 December 14
Recalling KOYORI’s Showcase at 3daysofdesign 2023
As we approach the end of 2023, we're thrilled to share our vibrant experience at 3daysofdesign through a captivating film capturing the special presentation by the designers. This movie unveils the inception of the KOYORI project and the designers' deep admiration for Japanese craftsmanship.
Immerse yourself in the exhibition's ambiance, where the fusion of Japanese cultural elements harmonizes with classical Scandinavian architecture.
2023 November 9
KOYORI ANECDOTES: mottoi and mizuhiki
In addition to its role as a sealing tool for letters among aristocrats, the Koyori string has developed into two distinct forms: The first is known as "Mottoi", which is a type of Koyori string used to secure the hair of Sumo wrestlers. The second form is called "Mizuhiki". Mizuhiki is crafted from Koyori strings that are glued and colored. Its origins can be traced back to the Muromachi period (1336-1573) when it emerged as a custom among Bushi soldiers.
2023 October 20
NEW VIDEO: KOYORI ONLINE TALK Ronan Bouroullec / GamFratesi
Watch the conversation of Ronan Bouroullec and GamFratesi with KOYORI's Executive Director, Koda.
The talk covered their collaboration with KOYORI, their cultural backgrounds, design processes, and even touched on their favorite designers throughout their careers.
2023 October 6
INVITATION: KOYORI ONLINE TALK Ronan Bouroullec / GamFratesi
We cordially invite you to an online live talking session featuring Ronan Bouroullec and GamFratesi, titled 'KOYORI ONLINE TALK.' The talk session will be joined by Koda, Executive Director of KOYORI, and will explore the stories behind their designs for KOYORI's new products, their design philosophies, cultural backgrounds, and more. Please join us by registering using the link below.
DATE & TIME
October 12 (THU) 10am CEST, 17pm JST
English (simultaneous translation to Japanese will be provided.)
2023 October 4
PRODUCT STORY: USURAI TABLE
The charm of the Usurai table lies in its combination of simplicity and exquisite details, supported by a blend of masterful craftsmanship and advanced manufacturing techniques. Throughout the production process, it was referred to as the "simple table" due to its remarkable qualities of simplicity, versatility, and multifunctionality.
2023 September 21
KOYORI ANECDOTES: KOYORI-‘TWISTED PAPER CORDS’
KOYORI’s brand name was named after a Japanese word meaning 'twisted paper cords' and is the main material of Mizuhiki, the durable and decorative paper strings traditionally used in Japan for wrapping gifts, especially on festive and ceremonial occasions. We are going to delve into the history behind “Koyori” and "Mizuhiki" in forthcoming chapters of the KOYORI ANECDOTES.
2023 August 22
PRODUCT STORY: MIAU TABLE
The Miau series started with armchairs which conceptualize a sculptural object made of solid wood, and the aim was to create something that feels incredibly pleasant to the touch. The table has a vigorous feeling appreciating fully the tactility of solid wood compared to the slim and sleek chair, however, sharing the same typology being contemporary. In addition, the sense of comfort and peacefulness when you touch the furniture can very well be equated with the experience and feeling you get when you gently caress a cat, as the name “Miau” symbolizes.
2023 July 26
THE MOVIE: KOYORI at 3daysofdesign
We are pleased to share with you our splendid memory of 3daysofdesign with a movie that includes the special presentation done by both designers. The movie discloses how the KOYORI project started and their appreciation and respect to Japanese craftsmanship.
Please also enjoy the atmosphere of the exhibition, where Japanese cultural elements blend in with classical Scandinavian architecture.
2023 June 30
KOYORI ANECDOTES: BRAND VISUAL IDENTITY
KOYORI’s brand identity including the logo, was formed under the watchful eye of the iconic British product and furniture designer, Jasper Morrison, in the role of Art Directing Advisor also co-designed by graphic designer Sebastian Fehr.
As a new brand, it was no doubt that executive director Koda was willing to appoint one of the most trusted designers for the logo design. He has been feeling a great sympathy for Jasper’s perceptions and the aesthetics of lines such as the combination of curves and straight lines that he has been creating over his career. In addition, having lived in Japan for quite a long time, Koda believed that Jasper had a strong affinity to Japan. Being a brand that aims to embody the true Japanese Aesthetics, it was a significant aspect.
2023 June 16
KOYORI at 3daysofdesign
Blessed with sunlight and fresh summer breeze of Copenhagen, we were honored to have welcomed many guests at our 3 daysofdesign exhibition.
KOYORI's space curated by GamFratesi presented an installation inspired by a Japanese house, divided into three spaces: The entrance where the Noren welcomes you, the rock Zen garden where the chairs were placed as sculptures, and the living space which showcased the new tables designed by both designers, surrounded by the wooden frame.
2023 May 11
KOYORI ANECDOTES: WHY CHAIRS?
KOYORI debuted in 2022 with 5 different models of chairs, each piece unique and full of character.
KOYORI is an alliance brand formed by leading Japanese furniture manufacturers, each one of them bringing their own manufacturing peculiarities.
The two manufacturers who participated in the project for the launch, specialize respectively in solid bentwood furniture and molded plywood and both have long histories and knowledges in producing excellent dining furniture.
Among dining furniture, a chair can explicitly showcase the KOYORI brand with strength specialized in wooden furniture.
2023 May 2
NEW TABLES BY RONAN & ERWAN BOUROULLEC
KOYORI launched two new tables designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, complementing the inaugural collection of furniture introduced by the brand last year. Like all KOYORI products, the new additions embody the distinct sense of Japanese aesthetics.
2023 April 6
KOYORI ANECDOTES: KOYORI AND WOOD
No material is closer to the heart of the people of Japan than wood, and no material is more important to us. Roughly 70% of Japan is covered in forests. These trees--blessed with four distinct seasons--benefit from abundant rain, heavy snow, and sunlight shining down on the mountains and valleys of our land.
2023 March 23
KOYORI ANECDOTES: GAMFRATESI
After inviting Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, we started searching for one more designing partner who understood traditional techniques, design structures and approaches, and who was also skilled in transforming them to create new values and designs. The obvious choice was GamFratesi. They have great woodworking skills, thorough knowledge of old materials and techniques, and understand the value of redesigning and can apply that understanding in their own designs.