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Kenzo Maison Home Line Combines Minimalism, Flowery Exoticism

Story by Debra Kronowitz

When Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada announced his retirement in 1999, he left his assistants at LVMH in charge of his fashion house. In 2005, after a brief retirement, Takada re-emerged as a decoration designer, presenting Gokan Kobo, a brand of tableware, home objects and furniture.

In launching the new venture, LMVH created partnerships with established manufacturers that could handle the production of the new lines and collections. The company chose luxury furniture manufacturer Club House Italia, which has been producing lines for Fendi Casa, as the exclusive distributor of its
Kenzo Maison furniture.

The Kenzo Maison collection is the mainstay of the label and allows Kenzo to establish the umbrella brand, bringing the fashion brand’s trademark style into the world of décor with prints from the fashion lines, as well as emblematic forms such as the Pagodon bag, interpreted as a curious footstool. Further, the line brings together the extremes of Japanese-style minimalism with flowery exoticism. The result: streamlined, geometric, angular and monochrome shapes enriched by precious materials. The line includes sofas, tables, chairs and beds.
Photos courtesy of Kenzo Masion
Kenzo Maison, 90 NE 39th St., 305.438.1660
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