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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.

Raw Cedar

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

About  Ishinomaki Laboratory: 

Founded in 2011, Ishinomaki Laboratory started as a simple, public workshop for the local community devastated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Along with running DIY workshops for residents affected by the disaster, we participated in restoring and renovating local shops – as well as creating spaces where people could reimagine the future of the city together.

With the help of global furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, a team of designers lead by architect Keiji Ashizawa, volunteered to help local residents of Sendai rebuild their property by donating materials and expertise.  The result is products that are charmingly simple yet functional and attractive.

shinomaki Laboratory's creative indoor and outdoor designs which are supplied by emerging and established designers and then made locally by residents of Miyagi Prefecture, are now marketed beyond the local community.

Ishinomaki Laboratory was awarded the coveted 2012 Good Design Award in Japan.

Design : 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.


Tokyo, Japan
35.6894° N, 139.6917° E

Miyagi is a Japanese prefecture north of Tokyo on the east coast of Honshu island. It has a Pacific coastline, western mountains and several natural parks. Matsushima city is set on a bay with 250 rocky islands topped with pine trees, and the Zuigan-ji Zen temple has an art museum and an avenue of cedars. In Miyagi's capital, Sendai, are the remains of 17th-century Sendai Castle, built for samurai lord Date Masamune

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