OSILOI, a white powder used by Japanese Maiko to cover their face and neck, has the power to transform the perception of a simple human being into a divine creature.
We wanted to translate this metamorphosis process towards the spiritual realm into our contemporary daily beauty routines.
In a society driven by the digital, the beauty routines are still very analogue and time consuming (apart from digital retouches made with Photoshop or Instagram filters).
The fact that beauty takes time was central for the development of this project.
By adopting the Japanese zabuton style (cushion used to seat on the floor) we aim to change the perception of both time and space while taking care of ourselves.
Lowering the seating height and consequently adapting a new posture invites the user to enjoy a new beauty experience, where tools and cosmetics bring you to another dimension.
We played with the contrast between soft and vivid colors to stimulate the senses. The use of COTTO’s made in Italy Basalt color Grafite tiles mixed with natural bamboo, emphasizes the idea of a space meant for natural beauty and relaxation.
Designed for ‘Cotto - Space of Beauty’ exhibition presented in Milan at Ventura Lambrate.
Special thanks to Show me design & art Gallery.
2014 // In collaboration with Ryosuke Fukusada. Available for edition.
Photos by David Vidal