Famed decorator, designer and tastemaker Ito Kish recently reopened his eponymous retail space on J.P. Rizal Avenue in Makati. It coincided with the launch of his season 5, or fifth edit of home accessories, books and dining ware.
Kish shared images of his sharply-styled vignettes and chosen decorative pieces to ANCX with the aim of inspiring Filipinos “to transform their homes into beautiful sanctuaries.” The new collection reflects his admiration for the Japanese art of slow living, or wabi sabi, and the Italian zest for life.
“The items themselves are understated and deceptively mundane,” Kish says of the Japanese items on offer, from spinning tops and miso bowls to fish scalers and letter openers rendered surprising and ethereal in the hands of a Japanese craftsman. Meanwhile, straight from the islands of Sicily are a selection of vases, bowls and traditional Italian candleholders that are, according to the sought-after decorator, “perfect for adding warmth to our monsoon season.”
The pieces are crafted with natural materials and finished by hand, giving them a soulful, earthy quality. And speaking of soulful, the store also carries stone-wrought items from the acclaimed Studio Piet Boon, and continues to showcase coffee table books on art, cooking and design.
Ito Kish is at 1120 J.P. Rizal Avenue, Makati City. It’s open Thursday to Saturday, from 11AM to 6PM.