MAR 16, 2018
Up-and-coming creators and designers re-imagine items that enrich daily life, available at INTERSECT BY LEXUS
INTERSECT BY LEXUS is a carefully curated oasis dedicated to offering one-of-a-kind cultural and culinary experiences. Located in Tokyo, Dubai, and soon, New York City, people gather here to enjoy exquisite dining and elevated conversation—or simply to feel and be inspired.
Design, craftsmanship, and innovation are at the core of INTERSECT BY LEXUS. From the actual space and ambient atmosphere to the interior design motifs and food and drinks selection, nothing has been left to chance. Even floors, walls, and ceilings have original design elements that catch the eye and stir the imagination.
At INTERSECT BY LEXUS, visitors can enjoy a casual yet elegant cafe-style atmosphere on one floor, or sublime yet relaxed dining on another. A space with ever-evolving offerings, INTERSECT BY LEXUS also caters to lovers of fashion, technology, and music, and that’s not to mention a well-appointed library with a provoking array of books, including tomes on art and design.
For a space that exudes design, craftsmanship, and innovation in every detail, it’s no surprise that it houses CRAFTED FOR LEXUS, a collection of exquisitely selected items made exclusively for INTERSECT BY LEXUS. CRAFTED FOR LEXUS offerings include original kitchenware, glassware, household adornments, and fashion wear. Elegant travel accessories and masterfully designed stationery are also on offer.
Designed to make daily life more inspired and elevated, whether you are at work, at home, or on the road, many of the CRAFTED FOR LEXUS products are made by up-and-coming artists who blend traditional craft and skill with modern design. Their unique products reflect Lexus’ commitment to innovation for everyday living, as well as the brand’s desire to support the imagination of young creators. As with Lexus, originality, imagination and the confluence of tradition with contemporary design and cutting-edge technology are the watch-words here.
To elevate the experience of a refreshing cup of coffee, INTERSECT BY LEXUS collaborated with master potter Mr. Yusuke Kido and his studio ONE KILN , a small workshop in the backyard of his home in Kagoshima City. ONE KILN’s special wares use a variety of minerals, including volcanic ash from the nearby Sakurajima, an active volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, to create unique colors and textures. The original tableware—a coffee dripper and coffee cup—adds new enjoyment to being refreshed.
Lovers of the great outdoors, meanwhile, can enjoy using the Handy Light, a cutting-edge, solar-powered flashlight made by energy company Sphelar Power. Handy Light uses spherical solar batteries arranged in a unique configuration, which allows for more light being absorbed than can conventional solar batteries. The device also benefits from designing by graf, a creative agency based in Osaka that designed Handy Light’s robust yet stylish exterior. And Japanese leather company Brooklyn Museum created its original leather strap finish. The result? Handy Light is not just original, efficient and environmentally friendly; it is also easy-to-use and elegant.
Indeed, CRAFTED FOR LEXUS creations seamlessly blend into one’s daily routine while adding subtle flourishes to otherwise everyday activities. Kaneko Optical sunglasses are in the same mold. Unlike rivals in Sabae City in Fukui Prefecture, a region renown for its eyeglass industry, Kaneko Optical’s wares are made under one roof. There, the craftsmen rely on exacting traditional skills and design processes that incorporate high-precision technology—like computer-aided CNC lathes for cutting. In addition, unique materials, including acetate mixed with the fine powders of high grade Binchotan oak charcoal, are used to achieve the desired effect. After meticulous polishing, Kaneko Optical sunglasses are as delicate as they are practical and graceful.
CRAFTED FOR LEXUS items represent an important element of INTERSECT BY LEXUS. While these creations are sourced from a variety of skilled designers and artisans, they embody a belief that resonates with the Lexus brand: functional and elegant design can be inspired by tradition and enabled by the latest technology. To enjoy a cultured—and indeed unique—experience at the heart of the city, visit us at INTERSECT BY LEXUS.