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28 : 07 : 2015 Maruhiro : Yusuke Seki : Tasteful Waste

Nagasaki, Japan – Several thousand pieces of ceramic tableware have been stacked to create elevated flooring in the newly renovated Maruhiro flagship store.

  • Comprises 25,000 pieces of tableware, including bowls, cups and saucers
  • Designed to amplify the heritage of the local area
Maruhiro flagship store designed by Yusuke Seki, Japan Maruhiro flagship store designed by Yusuke Seki, Japan
Maruhiro flagship store designed by Yusuke Seki, Japan Maruhiro flagship store designed by Yusuke Seki, Japan
Maruhiro flagship store designed by Yusuke Seki, Japan Maruhiro flagship store designed by Yusuke Seki, Japan
Maruhiro flagship store designed by Yusuke Seki, Japan Maruhiro flagship store designed by Yusuke Seki, Japan
Maruhiro flagship store designed by Yusuke Seki, Japan Maruhiro flagship store designed by Yusuke Seki, Japan

The store, redesigned for ceramics company Maruhiro by Tokyo-based designer Yusuke Seki, is located in Hasami, a town in Nagasaki which has produced ceramics for over 400 years.

All of the 25,000 pieces were sourced from local pottery factories that had discarded them during the quality control stage of production. Seki filled the ceramics with concrete before stacking them like bricks to create surfaces strong enough to walk on.

The Big Picture: Seki’s redesign for Maruhiro is a great example of how brands are using waste products to create new products. Learn more with our Tasteful Waste microtrend. 

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