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  • Curves of lights and shadow 20.10.2021

    The nocturnal window welcomes the moonlight in. Light and shadow loosely ridged streaming through the blinds, continue painting beautiful lines. In ‘The Nocturnal Window’, curved pleats are overlapped with a night’s encounter with light and shadows.

    Generally, straight-lined pleats are created by machines, on the contrary the curved accordion pleats are crafted by the hands of artisans.

    The base of the process for creating curved pleats were double layered pattern paper. As it were origami, the fabric is then folded in and steam pressed. Curved lines created are not in uniform, but are a combined reflection of the designer’s imagination with the artisans knowledge and experience. Countless conversations took place on the width of the pleats, the sharpness of the curve, fabric selection to bring out the beauty of the curve.

    ‘The art of creating the sense of beauty visible, is my job.’

    Based on the image of ‘the curved lines painted by light and shadow through nocturnal window’, various artisans works and conversations made it possible to create the curved pleats, joined by the curved lines on the body, tell a moment of a story of light and shadows.

    Photography: Yuichiro Noda / Words & Edit: kontakt /Translation: Shimon Miyamoto

  • Prologue – The Nocturnal Window 11.10.2021

    Awakened at midnight, looking out the window, eyes met with the staring watery-moon. The cold yet gentle look, shines through the nocturnal window, slowly lightening up the room. The blank wall, furniture, and eventually one is embraced by its light. The straight lines created by the blinds through light and darkness, become bended or twirled, changing its structure in unexpected ways, drawing a unique pattern.

    Silent as if time had stopped, the moon invites one to the mysterious nocturnal window by playing with light and darkness.

    On the night with the moon, Mame Kurogouchi ‘The Nocturnal Window’ shares the surrounding stories related to the collection.

    As a continuation from last season, the window and its look hold the core importance. Newly expressed however, are the colors of sunset or night sky, and the creation by moonlight and shadows.

    The bright orange sunset slowly melting into the night sky is expressed into a marble print. Bended shadow lines on the couch turned into curved-pleats. Changing sceneries with time, are expressed into silk of fabric by mastery of Japanese traditional craftsmen, transformed into a delicate design, and become garments for each one to tell a story.

    Here we begin The Story by Mame Kurogouchi, to take you through a journey of unravelling the collection, ‘The Nocturnal Window’.

    Photography: Maiko Kurogouchi / Words & Edit: kontakt / Translation: Shimon Miyamoto