The Marni Blossom Market blooms in Tokyo
A four day floral fair
Marni Prisma, developed on the occasion of Marni's 20th anniversary, stopped off in Tokyo for the opening of the Marni Blossom Market. The unique and personable experience, which was held at Light Box in Aoyama, was in bloom from April 2-5. Presenting a one-off opportunity for market goers to shop for flowers (of course) as well as an array of off-beat artistic creations, all displayed in creative ways.
Taking its cues from the established Marni Flower Market in Milan and Marni Roof Market in Hong Kong, the pop-up market was an unmistakably Marni affair that exhibited installations, sensations and products old, new and inspired. The heart of the event was an animated video, illustrated by Brian Rea made by Pablo Declan, which played on artistically created screens and projectors around the space.
The delightful short animation movie describes the journey of Marni Prisma from Milan to Hong Kong to Tokyo, through Rea's dreamy fluid illustrations, the quintessence of Marni plays out in the video, that features an enchanting floral motif.
Some of the creative items on offer included: fabric shoes made by Japanese artisans using Marni archive fabrics, leather sandals hand-painted by Italian artists of the Art Brut movement; pvc vase holders decorated with Marni archive prints; the Dot bag, a net made of saffiano leather printed with archive motifs; fabric sacs and Marni Flower Market striped shopping bags; jewellery made with Marni vintage foulards, vintage 50s pins reinterpreted with Marni iconic elements. A selection of sculptures from the Marni Animal House project were also on sale.
More than just a delightful and quirky occasion to delve into creative Marni archive inspired creations, the project raised funds for the chosen Vimala Association charity.