Based in London and Tokyo, we are an organistion with the purpose of examining and promoting the nuanced use of wood through examining Japanese art, craft, architecture and engineering in juxtaposition to British structures.
From the utilisation of wood in art, architecture, furnishings and commerce in Japanese culture, both aesthetically and economically they are regarded as the quintessence of its craft in the Edo period. However, between the many catastrophic events which befell Tokyo in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the prioritisation of economic reform and rapid construction after the Second World War, preference was taken in the form of other building materials and styles. This site dedicated to the cultural use of wood in Japan, linking from its past and into the future.
Wood is one of the oldest building materials known to man. Utilized both aesthetically and economically in art, housing, furnishings and trade, the accumulated knowledge of this material is overwhelming. Each piece of wood used in construction is unique with the imperfections bringing out the individuality and humanity of wood.
The warmth and nostalgia that comes with this material is often forgotten and through this neglect, a material rich with history is buried. Wood with its inherent beauty requires no concealment only protection and enhancement. The refinement of timber construction over thousands of years and the detailed characteristics which follow it are ones to be both continued and understood into the 21st century.
My experience abroad, particularly Finland and Japan, which culturally have a strong connection with the forest and wood formed a basis for protecting and enhancing these construction systems. The feelings of atmosphere, materiality and sense of belonging in place are ideas which have guided my designs alongside their development with modern wood technology.
Bringing to the forefront forgotten structures and architecture which emphasized regional context and material. My goal is to recover and emphasise the tradition of wooden buildings and to reinterpret it for the 21st century. To achieve this goal I takes his inspiration from traditional wood architecture and nature.