ARCHITECTURE DAY WITH
On the occasion of World Architecture Day, let’s pay tribute to one of Issey Miyake’s major inspirations: architecture. Issey Miyake is a designer, a visionary, an architect of materials, always drawing its inspiration from nature, with the will to make his creations timeless and universal.
“Design has the power to make things universal” – Issey Miyake
As if designed by nature, the new fragrance Fusion d’Issey glorifies nature’s multifaceted strength and its power of creation. With its faceted black cap reminiscent of obsidian stone, (a volcanic glass created when incandescent lava cools rapidly), with its vertical and architectural deep blue polished glass, with its name written in a striking lava orange… this new fragrance is born at the heart of the earth, from the fusion of elements.
A CONVERSATION WITH ARCHITECT RICARDO BOFILL AND HIS SON PABLO (PRODUCER)
Ricardo Bofill is one of the most famous contemporary architects. He was born in a family of architects in Barcelona. After completing his studies, he founded the Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA) in 1963. He now counts over 1,000 projects to date in over 50 countries: from the Muraja Roja in Alicante (Spain) to Les Espaces d’Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand (France).
Today, he is the Chairman of RBTA, oversees the work of his team in the plurality of its skills and expertise with a natural forward-looking vision. His son Pablo Bofill joined the RBTA team in 2009 as the CEO. He answered our questions about his creations and inspirations in the name of his father.
– Could you please describe Bofill’s DNA in three words ?
Mediterranean, global, nomadic
– What are your influences in your everyday work?
The desert and the pyramids of Egypt. I have spent long hours in the sands of Ténéré and on the banks of the Nile. Everything is there: the laws of materials, the relationships between shapes, scale, the purity of the figures, the composition of the triangles. It was in the desert that I learned to handle the contrasts of scales, to multiply the possible readings of a building.
– As you know the notion of creation process is dear to the brand Issey Miyake in both fashion and fragrance, on your side, how do you create?
My process differs depending on the project, because in fact there are cases in which it is only a matter of choosing a work methodology exclusively from the basic data. You have to choose a certain geometry that generates the project. Of course, there is a delicate moment, that of knowing precisely what methodology we are going to use.
– Is there a particular building you are the most proud of?
All of my projects have given me a certain degree of satisfaction, but I am really never 100% satisfied with my work.
MINH T.’S VISUAL INTERPRETATION OF ARCHITECTURE
The photographer and art director Minh T. (@thismintymoment) is inspired by architecture, nature and design, themes that are echoed Issey Miyake Parfums. On the occasion of Architecture Day, he brought us into a design and graphical environment with Fusion d’Issey. We asked him a few questions about his inspirations.
– What has been your main source of inspiration for this creation?
For this creation, I wanted to draw inspiration from Fusion d’Issey’s characteristics. They’re full of power and contrast—water and fire, hot and cold. Similarly, I wanted to juxtapose the refined and minimalist nature of the bottle against the graphic and bold characteristics of modern architecture, infusing the key elements of the opposing natural elements, represented by the watery blue and the hot lava orange. One balances another in a composition full of contrasts.
– What drew you into photography?
An image can capture a moment in time, but still has the movement of what precedes and what follows. This “stop” in the narrative always fascinated me—that momentary reprieve. My formal training in architecture and graphic design also encouraged my interest in photography and has helped to shape my point of view.
– What inspires you?
Timelessness. Simplicity. Nature. Architecture. Escapism. Austerity. Tranquility. Solitude. Perspective.
– What is the most incredible work of architectural art you have ever seen?
I have experienced so many beautiful and iconic buildings and spaces. However, what seems to be the most inspiring to me has been the discovery of an unexpected place. A space that possesses all the beauty, yet has been left unnoticed. That reaffirms my belief that beauty is left to the beholder, and that anyone can discover the most beautiful spaces once they learn how to see with intention. Once you see with intention, the beauty of the world unfolds before you.
– What is the purpose of photography?
I think it’s basic human nature to want to contribute to and to chronicle life in some way. And if you look back in history, artists have played a significant role in shaping our world. I feel lucky to have discovered this form of self-expression and that people seem to enjoy my work. It’s my small contribution to the cultural weave.