"Eley Kishimoto ... the patron saints of print."
Living by the maxim "Print The World," Eley Kishimoto have always strived to create work that is executed simply, clear in intention, exhibiting a unique creative flair that rejects passing trends and fads.
From a partnership forged in the early 90's, Eley Kishimoto quickly gained a reputation for incisive and intelligent print design with their craftsmanship gracing the world's catwalks via work with Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander, to name but a few.
In the mid 90's the partnership moved into the fashion world with the launch of their first womenswear collection; this proved to be such a success that the company has continued to produce their own Eley Kishimoto line ever since.
Although initially earned as a result of these vibrant fashion collections, the company's renown has always been very much associated with their freedom to decorate anything and everything. It is this print design aesthetic that is key to their works' identity
Thus following hot on the hemline of these collections came a steady stream of ever more varied design product. Wallpapers, furniture, furnishing fabrics, glassware and crockery led on to more industrial based design work in the automotive, architectural and electronics worlds, whilst also working with individual artists and galleries. The company sees each new design challenge as a platform from which to communicate with a wider, more varied audience.
Creative directors for Paris based fashion house Cacharel between 2008 and 2009, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto are currently artistic directors of a new line for the Japanese market Laura Ashley London.
Collaborative works with BMW motorbikes, Eastpak bags, Duvel beer, Incase (Macbook, iPhone, iPad accessories) amongst others, incorporating the key Flash print is a further development of this aesthetic and yet another intriguing twist in the continuing story of those shape-shifters of the print world, Eley Kishimoto.
Portrait shot by Lucia O'Connor-McCarthy