Keiji Ashizawa (JP)

Landscape – Furniture

July 10th – July 16th 2016

The Workshop

When we design a piece of furniture, we think of the space around it.
When we design a space, we think of the architecture around it.
When we design an architecture, we think of the landscape around it.

This workshop allows participants to design and make their own interventions in the landscape of Boisbuchet. Each team will learn from the landscape in order to design simple furniture through simple materials and actions. By discovering the curious aspects of the site, discussing the function and design it requires, and by testing stability and efficiency through scale models, this workshop aims at generating works in situ that question space and scale between furniture and landscape.

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Keiji Ashizawa (born in 1973) lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Yokohama National University in 1995, he 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 works of ‘honest’ design – simple yet refined, thoughtful and of a light kind – 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 scales, 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, Japan, after it was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake. In 2015, the Ishinomaki stool from Ishinomaki laboratory entered the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.