The Design Co-Op, at Melbourne Design Week 2018, was an opportunity to showcase how well Japanese antiques can work in contemporary spaces.
About The Design Co-Op + Melbourne Design Week
Antiques in contemporary spaces
Kazari + Ziguzagu featured as part of the showcase collaboration at The Design Co-Op, with a range of pieces on show. These antiques were a perfect match for the focus on creating the feeling of home using high quality design pieces. The way the spaces were pulled together highlighted how Asian antiques can be incorporated into contemporary spaces as an accent, without being confined to a themed space. You don't have to have an entire Japanese-style home to see the benefit of antique Japanese pieces: they can complement any style, and will look incredibly contemporary when combined with new design styles.
There are three main reasons to incorporate Japanese antiques into your home design, regardless of the style. These were on display at the Melbourne Design Week showcase.
1. Unique Style
Design-savvy people prioritise having high quality pieces in their home and typically look for unique pieces with a story and personality, instead of opting for the same mass-produced goods that are found everywhere. Antiques offer something completely unique. Many Kazari Japanese antiques are over a century old, and were handcrafted by artisans skilled in their trade. This kind of individuality makes the perfect statement piece for your home.
If you're thoughtful about what you include in your home, you probably already consider sustainability when selecting pieces for your space. There's nothing quite like antiques when it comes to sustainability: reusing beautiful pieces of design that were created long ago instead of producing new ones. You know you're being light on the planet by electing to use what we already have, and you also know you're getting quality: these pieces have proven themselves through their longevity.
Contemporary style is often eclectic, incorporating a range of different periods and styles along with newer pieces. Everything old is new again, and vintage or antique styles can look incredibly contemporary in a fresh context. As trends come and go, classic pieces stand the test of time and will look contemporary for decades to come. Sometimes, it's just knowing what to look for when shopping for antique chests.