Concept

Sfera is based in an ancient capital, Kyoto and has been working in Japan and abroad intensively. This has allowed Sfera to propose a new lifestyle by producing new items with the aim of creating new values despite of the cultural differences between East and West. Sfera emphasizes not only the historic beauty of Japan, but also the sensibility of the handicraft culture. This has led Sfera to transform the beauty of making and explore traditional aesthetics in the modern age. From sweets to products, through architecture, furniture and interior design, Sfera aims to convey a creative value to our daily life by creating senses and items that work in harmony with each other.

Business Function

Sfera has bases in Tokyo and Milan besides Kyoto to expand the range of activity and be a cultural bridge between Japan and Europe. We started off with producing original products that bring pleasant lifestyle. Currently we offer a wide range of services made possible through cooperation between Japan-based Ricordi & Sfera and Sfera s.r.l. located in Milan, Italy. Our services for corporate business are adaptable and versatile from home interior design to retail space planning, as well as total support for global business deployment including branding, accounting management, product distribution and such based on our extensive experiences and unique know-how we have developed. European corporate business can take an advantage of utilizing dual functions of Ricordi & Sfera and Sfera s.r.l when they develop business opportunities in Japanese market.

  • Product Development
    • Planning and development of original products
    • Production by Japanese and international suppliers
  • Distribution
    • Retail sales "SferaShop"
    • Wholesale in Japan and overseas
    • Distribution support for products and materials
  • Culture and Information Publishing
    • Gallery space "SferaExhibition"
    • Design events and symposiums
    • Book & CD shop "SferaArchive"
  • Food business
    • Restaurants "SeseragiSfera"
  • Consulting (Contract)
    • Branding
    • Product development
    • Exhibition support
    • PR
    • Distribution
  • Interior Design (Contract)
    • Production of custom made products
    • Interior planning
    • Proposal for materials and techniques

Corporate Profile

Company: Ricordi&Sfera Ltd.
Representative: Shigeo Mashiro CEO
Address 17 Benzaiten-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0086 Japan
Tel. +81 (0)75 532 1139 Fax. +81 (0)75 532 1121
Established April 2, 2001

Access

Kyoto 17 Benzaiten-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0086 Japan
Tokyo D-0303 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 Japan
Milan 10 via Varese, 20121 Milano, Italy

History

2001.04 Ricordi & Sfera Ltd. established
2003.06 Sfera Building opened in Kyoto
Launch of original Japanese tableware collection, "SferaProducts"
2004.04 Announcement of "contrast" tableware collection and furniture collection,
"SferaFurniture", at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan
2005.02 "contrast" exhibited at Maison & Objet, Paris
2005.06 Sfera s.r.l. established in Milan
2006.10 Announcement of first original music, "cosmosSfera vol.1", at DesignTide, Tokyo
2007.03 SferaShopTokyo opened in Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo
2007.04 Announcement of "Talo" bag series (prototype) at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan
2007.05 Announcement of "SUGATA" furniture collection, at DesignTide, Tokyo
2007.05 Launch of "cosmosSfera vol.2"
2008.04 Collaboration with Sony at Salone Internazionale del Mobile,
2008.04 Milan; dry confectionery "monet" announced
2008.10 Announcement of "earthy view" rug collection and “baby poncho” at DesignTide, Tokyo
2009.04 Collaboration with Knoll at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan;
tableware collection including new products first presented in Europe
2010.01 New office of Sfera s.r.l. opened in Milan
2010.04 New showroom SferaSenses opened in Milan, aiming at Salone Internazionale del Mobile