Panels & Furniture Asia Jan/Feb 2019

FURNITURE MANUFACTURING 33 2 3 1 4 1. Constructed from Hinoki, a type of cypress wood commonly used in Japan, the sofa’s joints and connections are exposed, and intentionally so as a reference to both traditional Japanese architecture and mid-century Danish furniture design. 2. The dining table is an experiment of dimensions and an attempt to find balance between lightness and weight, creating the illusion of a paper-thin form when viewed from certain angles, but bolder lines when seen from other angles. 3. The accompanying dining chair was made using leftover wood parts in the Karimoku factory. Elements of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics surfaced and took shape as the creation went along. The chair is a classic, minimal but warm. 4. A stone surface rests on a wooden frame composed of joints frequently found in Japanese temples and shrines. The hefty stone top is a reference to the minimalist style of Danish designer Poul Kjærholm. he collaboration was initiated by Keiji Ashizawa, founder of Ishinomaki Laboratory, to design furniture pieces for a town house renovation project in West Tokyo. Both Ishinomaki Laboratory and the project were established to support the tsunami-devastated area hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. For the project, Keiji was requested by the developer to create two prototype rooms furnished in different styles. Norm Architects and Karimoku were invited to design the interior and furniture of one of them. The collaboration provided an opportunity for the Japanese and Danish designers to explore and investigate the shared traditions and approaches in furniture design and crafting techniques, as well as to learn from each other. The result is a harmonious, nuanced fusion and showcase of the best of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics and traditions. The collection consists of a wood-framed sofa, a coffee table, a dining chair and a "paper-thin" dining table. *All images are credited to Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Masaki Ogawa.