Only 3 pieces were created a crease-resistant shirt, trousers and an unstructured jacket. The influence of the jacket arrived from the popular style worn by Japanese architects, a blend of unlined sartorial blazers and soft-shouldered workwear.
Exploring the idea of creating negative space, Studio 104 brought this to life with detailing both on the shirting and trousers. The crisp white shirting has long slits on each side to reveal the black trousers underneath, allowing the cut to be longer and the wearer to access pockets. Alongside the key design attribute of negative space, three other attributes were referenced for the uniform collection - ‘Perfect Simplicity’, ‘Gender Neutrality’ & ‘Dark Indigo’.
The interior architecture at Japan House is a feast of minimal design, from the monochrome colour palette to the clean geometric lines used throughout. This simplicity became a strong influence and assisted with Hara’s intention of blending the team in with space, elevating the exhibited displays to be front and centre.
The next design attribute of gender neutrality continued to develop the desired simple and clean aesthetic by further suppressing the ego. By approaching both male and female uniform with the same oversized neutral silhouette enabled the company to achieve bespoke quantities with such a small team.
A dark indigo featured on the bound seams of the jacket, complementing the durable black exterior.
Overall Studio104 have designed an easy to wear, modern and durable uniform for Japan House, that will endure over time and beautifully completes this temple of iconic minimal design.