The ISHINOMAKI STOOL was specially designed at a series of furniture-making workshops intended for locals and primary school students, in collaboration with the US furniture company Herman Miller. Members from Ishinomaki Laboratory examined what was missing in temporary housing in the area, and found that both a step stool for accessing storage in high-up places and a chair for putting on shoes near the house entrance were needed. Instead, researchers saw that residents were often using plastic cases made for storing beer bottles to fulfill various purposes. Inspired by this spirit of ingenuity, the Ishinomaki Stool – a compact and light stool – was created.



Width = 370mm
Depth = 400mm (seat = 295mm)
Height = 420mm



Designer : 

Keiji Ashizawa (b. 1973) lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Yokohama University School of Architecture in 1995, Ashizawa spent the first ten years of his career working as both an architect and steel fabricator. The unique skills and experience gained throughout these early years, including a valued understanding of metals, continue to influence his approach to design.

Keiji Ashizawa presents work of ‘honest’ design – simple yet refined, thoughtful and of a light manner – derived naturally through the process of attempting to maximise the potential of each material and its function. He excels in applying these ideas to projects of various scale, from furniture and lighting design to architecture and exhibition design.

His furniture and lighting have been exhibited internationally since 2001.

In 2011, Ashizawa was awarded a ‘Special Award’ by the Japan Institute of Design for his principal participation in the inception of Ishinomaki Laboratory – a DIY furniture workshop established in Ishinomaki city, Japan, after it was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.



ISHINOMAKI STOOL 是最初為石卷市居民和當地小學生設計的 "DIY自製傢具工作坊 " 裡其中一張小凳子。設計是由石卷工房與美國家具公司Herman Miller 合作構思及製作的。在石卷工房團隊仔細研究當時住在臨時房屋中居民日常生活中缺少的東西時,發現居民如需觸及較高的儲物櫃,他們會經常使用儲存啤酒瓶的回收膠箱用來 "爬高" ;還有放在門口旁用來穿鞋子的椅,他們都會用儲存膠箱代替。團隊有見及此並受到這種原創性精神的啟發,設計出 ISHINOMAKI STOOL 以及其他一系列以解決當地居民日常需要的傢具。



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