Marc Newson

MHT Boutique
MHT Boutique
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MHT Boutique

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Asked by friend and jeweller Marie-Hélène de Taillac to design her Tokyo jewellery shop, Marc decided to rebuild the space completely using smooth, light blue lacquered wood for all the walls and shelving. The specific shade of blue Marc chose was as close as possible to the hue he had admired on shoji screens in an imperial villa in Kyoto. The floor and seating were clad in white leather, providing a neutral base for the rich blue. The only other colour in the entire boutique was the red of the logo on the rear wall.

Marc designed parallelogram shaped lighted nooks for displaying the jewellery which was loosely inspired by the Japanese aesthetic philosophy wabi sabi, which values beauty in imperfection and asymmetry.






Tokyo, Japan