Kei Kagami’s talents go way beyond fashion and shoe design only. Last month the first showroom of fastening products company YKK was opened at 154 Commercial street in London, showing Kei’s magnificent architectural skills.
Kei has been working with YKK since 1998 (he became a consultant in 2008). Many beautiful designs, like a stunning top consisting of numerous zippers, have been the result of this collaboration . Because Kei started his professional career as an architect in mid 80s, YKK’s choice to ask him to design this new showroom, was an obvious one.
The inspiration for the design was easily found. The showroom’s looks are inspired on the industrial history of the company, that is not only manufacturing the fasteners but also the machines that produce them. Kei has created an industrial look by using a lot of metal ornaments like movable pulleys, shelf lids, light arms and display tables hung from the H beam frame. These movable ornaments are not only beautiful and decorative, but also allows the space to be transformed into an event space in seconds.
Throughout the year, Kei will curate a number of window displays a the London showroom as well. At this moment some pieces of his ‘Industrial Revolution’ collection are on show.
Photo’s: Kei Kagami