Reiko Kaneko will return to Maison & Objet this September to showcase her range of refreshingly original ceramics. Work is well underway on a stunning Japanese-inspired stand design which will be her biggest to date at the renowned trade fair. Visitors can also look forward to an exclusive first look at some exceptional new designs including a very exciting collaboration with SCP, the first ceramic light produced by Reiko Kaneko.
Reiko trained at Central Saint Martins before establishing her own London-based business in 2007. Her ceramic designs are a reflection of her combined British and Japanese heritage; the traditionally British manufacturing process perfectly in balance with the modern Japanese forms that define her style.
Over the past few years, the company has designed bespoke pieces for some of the best restaurants in the fine dining industry. Maison & Objet will be an opportunity to see Reiko’s much-desired tabletop products including plates, serving vessels, bowls and decorative pieces; favoured for their simplicity and attention to detail.
Reiko Kaneko has used this production method to create vibrant coloured versions of the popular Arctic Mini Jug as well as brand new Christmas baubles. Each piece is available in Blue, Green or Orange with an unglazed finish, leaving a beautifully soft surface texture. A variety of colour tests are created at the production stage in order to discover the perfect hues. This experimental way of working seems perfectly suited to the playful charm and character so often remarked upon in Reiko’s work. The baubles, entitled ‘Christmas Bubbles’ are also individually boxed, making them perfect stocking fillers for the festive season.
The elegant Petal Jug is a welcome addition to the Petal range. It follows Reiko’s recent tendency to expand on some of her most popular collections, allowing people to gradually add and build up a collection of exquisite tableware pieces. The jug can be seen as a natural progression from the earlier plate and bowl designs, the tip of the petal forms a spout and the angular handle facilitates easy pouring. The jug would make a fitting wedding gift; a large version is ideal for gravy or sauces and a smaller version, perfect for serving cream to accompany sweet treats.
Reiko moved her business to the central hub of ceramic production in the UK, Stoke-on-Trent, last year after feeling frustrated in London due to lack of space and slow response times from producers outside of London. Now the business enjoys space with kilns for experiments in glazes, colour bodies and decorations. A face to face relationship with factories means shorter lead times, reliability and creates a collaborative feeling to production.
Reiko recognises how her move to Stoke-on-Trent has shaped her business. Follow her via Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at the production process. She is even happy to arrange press visits to her factory, offering a first-hand look at how this fascinating industry steeped in British heritage, operates today.
Visit Reiko Kaneko at Maison & Objet, 6-10 September 2013 at Stand E23, Hall 8, Paris Nord Villepinte.