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Maison et Objet Press Release

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Reiko Kaneko is a UK design company focused on combining studio craftsmanship and industry to create unique designs that are exquisitely finished, bringing out the best characteristics of each material.

In 2012 Reiko Kaneko relocated her studio from London to Stoke-on-Trent, home of the UK’s pottery industry. The move has opened up a world of possibilities, allowing the company ample space and creative freedom to develop new processes and designs. These combine the well honed techniques of industrial slip casting of fine bone china for which the city is renowned, with experimental use of layered reactive glazes, and other studio level finishing methods out of the scope of traditional industry.

2015 also saw the expansion of the company’s bespoke design service working on briefs with world- renowned restaurants, concept stores, ceramic manufacturers and private clients.

At Maison & Objet 2016 the company will introduce:

Studio Glaze: products include, Landscape Range & Studio Specials, Glaze Vases (square and cylinder, in four sizes) and jugs (two sizes).

Studio Glaze is the result of three years spent exploring the possibilities of reactive glazing on the pristine white china of the potteries. The Studio Specials are one-offs, or small single kiln batches. Studio Glaze explores the limits of what is possible with ne bone china glazing, with each undergoing numerous rings producing unique and beautiful surfaces.

Hula Jewellery: products include, Necklaces, Earrings and Pendants in white, gold, silver and studio glazes.

Over two years of development has gone into re ning the unique process for making the hand crafted ne bone china jewellery pendants in the Hula Collection. Deceptively simple in form the designs empha- sise the qualities of bone china; its lightness and strength, pure white colour and the pleasing noise it makes when one pendant is worn within another – as in the Hula Sound options. The pendants (available individu- ally) are made to be interchangeable, and can be grouped on the same chain, or swapped in and out to suit an individual’s taste.

Fine Bone China Standardware: products include, Mug, Large and medium bowl and Eggcup, and Containers (small / large)

A new mug, large bowl and egg cup that have a contemporary stripped back appearance both humble and functional, making the most of the china’s whiteness. The egg cup removes the need for a foot and it can serve as a small condiment bowl for jam and butter. The large bowl is a decadent size for individual use or is ideal as serving bowls. All products made in Stoke-on-Trent.

Pinch: products include, Vase, Mug, Egg cup/Napkin Ring

These deliberately ‘pinched’ forms were inspired by fine bone china’s malleability in its freshly cast state and it’s natural

tendency to warp and bend as it reaches temperature in the kiln. The impressions made in mug and tumbler also give

them a concave profile making them naturally comfortable to hold in the hand. The eggcup is essentially a loop shape

and can also be used as a napkin ring.

Terracotta: products include, Fruit Bowl, Platter, Utility Oven Bowl

Reiko Kaneko’s hand thrown terracotta range is inspired by ancient utilitarian ceramics and the honesty embedded in those forms. The designs all feature unglazed areas exposing the rich textured surface of the hand thrown terracotta and its beautiful red colour. A tall foot on the Fruit Bowl helps to elegantly float the large bowl off the table,while the glazes used help accentuate the throwing rings on the inside of the shapes.

Shotoku Beer Glasses: products include, Hand Blown Beer Glasses designed in England, Made in Japan

Reiko Kaneko worked with renowned glassmakers Shotoku in Japan to create these super thin yet strong hand blown Beer glasses. Designed specially for craft beers the glasses are made to hold exactly one bottle of beer. Their form was inspired by the fluidity of the glass blowing process, while the small ‘ripple’ near the base also serves as a 50 ml double measure for cocktails.

Notes for Editors

About Reiko Kaneko

Reiko Kaneko Ltd is a company designing fine bone china in elegant, functional shapes; glassware and terracotta that is beautifully thin and light; and pure white china dipped in rich glazes to produce unique studio pieces. After studying at Central Saint Martins, Reiko started out designing a range of products which she made around the world but it was the joy of working with ceramicists in The Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, and tapping into over two centuries of knowledge in fine bone china that led her to concentrate on ceramics and in 2012, move her studio from London to Stoke-on-Trent.

Reiko spent her childhood in Japan and still makes frequent visits. Japan has not only been an inspiration for the elegant simplicity to which she strives, but the key to her appreciation of craft and craftsmanship. Reiko has collaborated with makers in different materials both in England and Japan and is right behind the recent renaissance in regional heritage and craft hubs. In addition to design work, the company finishes many products in-house and is experimenting in the studio with new reactive glazes.

Reiko Kaneko Ltd are proud to be a part of the creative community in Stoke-on-Trent. They plan to keep pushing their idea of what beauty in ceramics is, and to continue making everyday products that create a bond with the user.

About Maison & Objet

MAISON&OBJET is the major event for professionals working in the art of living in all its rich and varied expressions. The lifestyle show brings together a 360°product offering. Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, the world of children, tableware… The styles coexist in a multifaceted way, throughout the inventive show design which enlivens the spaces. This extraordinary diversity is in line with the varied expectations of global markets.

With each session, the great lifestyle platform, at the intersection of business and creativity, reveals solutions to visitors from around the world in search of uniqueness.

www.maison-objet.com

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