Osiloi, a white powder used by Japanese Maiko to cover their face and neck, has the power to transform the perception of a simple human being into a divine creature.
Portuguese designer Rui Pereira in collaboration with like-minded designer from Japan Ryosuke Fukusada together created a project aimed to translate this metamorphosis process from physical to spiritual into our contemporary daily beauty routines. In a society driven by the digital, the beauty process is still very analogue and time-consuming (apart from the retouches done with Photoshop). The fact that beauty takes time was central to the development of this project.
By adopting the Japanese zabuton style (cushion used to seat on the floor) the designers aim to change the perception of both time and space while taking care of ourselves. Lowering the seating height and consequently adopting a new posture invites the user to enjoy a new beauty experience, where tools and cosmetics bring you to another dimension. The designers played with the contrast between soft and warm colors to excite the senses.
The use of Cotto’s made in Italy Basalt color Graphite mixed with natural bamboo emphasizes the idea of space meant for natural beauty and balance with yourself, a moment to disconnect.It skillfully balances 15th-century craft traditions with modern engineered-stone technologies in an approach that is architectonic and sculptural.