Obi takes a piece of Japan’s most remarkable garment, the kimono, and turns it into its key feature. This piece is none other than the belt, the obi.
Mediterranean design as seen through a Japanese lens
The most curious thing about the Obi is that it must be completely different from the colours and themes of the kimono. Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba have translated this into a band wrapping the cushions in the backrest. Simple as it may seem, this elegant sash made either of a waterproof textile or synthetic leather generates both a chromatic and a material mutation that gives this outdoor collection a most distinctive look. This Obi is that tiny bit of disruption, that chaotic component that defines beauty as a variation with respect to an overly constructed order.