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In a world in which it is easy to feel overwhelmed, simplicity has never felt more needed. Capturing the essence of minimalist design, Sumi & Kyoto marry the influence of Japan with muted Scandi aesthetics to create an understated, elegantly refined collection – perfect for creating an oasis of calm in a chaotic time.
Crafted to work in harmony together, the striated grid of Kyoto provides fluidity in its uniformity, with an artful effect yarn creating a geo-organic pattern, which is beautifully balanced by the versatile, hopsack weave of Sumi. Taking inspiration from ancient Japanese weaving techniques, whilst blending the modern visual aesthetic illustrated at Japan House London, these textiles are both without age, yet achingly current.
Taking its name from monochromatic Japanese ink painting, Sumi embodies simplicity of style with a functional, minimalist approach. Respecting the authenticity of natural materials and quality craftsmanship, the fabric is made from worsted woven wool using fine marl yarns. This creates subtle gradation in color for heightened visual interest while retaining the purity of simple, clean lines. Cozy yet contemporary, the soft feel of this fabric invites a homely vibe into contract interiors whilst ensuring a luxurious finish with its tonal sophistication and appearance of luxury apparel.
Sumi draws on the stylistic features of Japanese ink painting, which uses simple black ink and curated white space to capture the beauty and complexity of the natural world. The delicate brushstroke techniques of tonality and shading are all cleverly replicated in the fabric’s weave construction, worsted wool composition and mélange coloring. Simplicity in its most refined and sophisticated form.
Named after the Japanese city famous for its sublime gardens, palaces and classic Buddhist temples, Kyoto takes the stripped back Japandi inspired Sumi fabric and adds another layer of originality to create the perfect textile design pairing. The striated grid is woven using an innovative printed yarn which creates the fluid and fluctuating broken check. The graceful geometric pattern adds an extra design touch and complements the relaxed aesthetic of the lightly textured fabric. Colors work in harmony with Sumi for simplicity of coordination to create serene interiors befitting a garden, palace or temple.