Claesson Koivisto Rune(以下CKR)とさしものかぐたかはしの指物師 高橋雄二による木製家具コレクション「HAND」を紹介します。中心から外縁に向けて薄くなる断面とどこにも直線が存在しないゆるやかなカーブを使用した形状、シンプルながら柔らかさのあるCKRらしい形を日本の職人の持つ高い技術が成立させています。こちらの家具はDesignArt Tokyo 2019の会期に合わせてHAMACHO HOTELTOKYO CRAFT ROOMにて展示されています。

全てのパーツが中心から外に向けて緩やかなカーブで細くなり、端部はわずか数mmの厚みとなっています。

テーブルトップ上面も中央に向けてわずかに反り返っています。高橋雄二氏とさしものかぐたかはしの持つ高い家具作りの技術によって、これらの繊細なディテールが表現されています。

さしものかぐたかはしは高橋雄二氏が家具づくりを勉強した後に木と木を組み合わせる“指物”に注目し、2010年に広島県熊野町に作られた工房です。CKRの「他にはないやり方で古くからある技術の可能性を引き出したい」に強く共感し、伝統的な木組みの技術と現代の道具や技術を組み合わせて「HAND」は製作されました。

「HAND」はクリエイティブディレクターの柳原照弘によって開催されているTOKYO CRAFT ROOMの第三回のプロジェクトとして製作されました。完成した家具は展示後にHamacho Hotel Tokyoの客室の一部となり、滞在する人が実際に使用できるようです。

 


 

HAND by Claesson Koivisto Rune x Yuji Takahashi

The HAND wooden furniture collection is the result of a unique collaboration between Swedish architect and designers Claesson Koivisto Rune, and expert Japanese carpenter Yuji Takahashi.

The collection will be presented for the first time at a launch event in the Tokyo Craft Room, at Hamacho Hotel, during this year’s DesignArt Tokyo.

“During our first meeting, Takahashi-san started showing me some samples on his iPad. When we looked at the detailing I thought to myself, ‘This is unreal. You can’t do this, it’s impossible to make a box or tray in this manner,’” Rune recalls with a smile.

According to Rune, “We wanted to do something that we hadn’t done before and see how much we could challenge Takahashi-san. When the audience see this product, we want them to understand how well it has been made.”

Tokyo Craft Room was initiated by Creative Director Teruhiro Yanagihara in order to use Hamacho Hotel as a platform for skilled Japanese artisans, as well as both national and international designers to collaborate and innovate using their various crafts. Through their creations, a stay-in space filled with handicrafts from all over Japan offers a rich experience for guests.

At the start of the project, insights into the scale of the space and its functional requirements were gained by spending a night at Tokyo Craft Room. These observations laid the foundations for early discussions with Takahashi about the kind of furniture they could create together. Rune and his team’s conversations with Takahashi not only revealed the potential of his joinery skills, but a sheer enthusiasm for his craft.

The final design of the HAND furniture collection pushed Takahashi and his team further technically as the cross-sections of each of the component parts are made in such a way so that they become progressively thinner towards their outer edges, resulting in an edge thickness of only a few millimetres.

This thinning of parts begins at the very centre of each part, meaning that all the furniture pieces lack any true, flat surfaces. All the surfaces are slightly convex. Even the tabletop’s upper surface has a very subtle camber, a quality not easily observed but more obviously felt through touch.

Furthermore, these convex surfaces meet along the outer edge of each component which in itself forms perimeter shape from a series of curves, devoid of straight lines. The sum of these choices presents a considerable challenge for hand tool production. However, the completed collection of furniture retains a particular tactility that is often lost in larger series production. The impact of the HAND pieces deepens upon closer inspection of the exceptional detailing courtesy of Yuji Takahashi and his team.

“When I think about Japanese craftsmanship, one striking example is the shrine at Ise Jingu. Every twenty years they make a replica to replace the existing shrine complex, and by using old techniques they keep tradition alive.”

“Research is something that’s always present in our work,” explains Rune. “We’ve been working together for 25 years, but we’re still three very curious individuals who are constantly looking at what’s happening and why. We want to know why some people do the same thing differently.”

HAND – a collection of furniture

design: Claesson Koivisto Rune

woodwork: Sasimonokagu Takahashi

Exhibition: October 17 – 20

 


Posted by Shin yamashita