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Creating a stand with Mr. Kawashima, a palace carpenter




Then suddenly, inevitably, come


Designer is a profession that requires ideas. Sometimes ideas from previous experience can be used, and sometimes not. Even so, store design is required to have ideas that are not normally considered. In order to differentiate your store from other stores in all kinds of stores in the world, you need an idea that you wouldn't normally imagine.


The owner who is trying to run an oden shop in the shopping district was born in Asakusa, started business from the area planned this time, and now has 4 restaurants. All of them face the shopping street in different places. I understand that the owner, who says, "I think people's desires are simple and already possessed, just because they can't be put into words," wants to connect the nostalgic scene that everyone in the shopping district has to management. Was.



"I want to express the nostalgia and future that I feel in the shopping district."


The order received from the owner is "I want to express the nostalgia and future that I feel in the shopping district." At the same time as receiving such an order, he said, "I want to make a stand." That's why, at the same time as not realizing its potential, the owner can't keep up with the thoughts that led to that idea, and what should I do to express nostalgia and the future in a stand? I was thinking.


I proposed to make the color darker as "old-fashioned roofed stall = nostalgia". The definition is "a stand with a modern Japanese design = newness", and the color is also plain wood. The idea is to express nostalgia and the future by changing the design and color without changing the shape.


If I thought it was okay with one shot, the next thing I was told was that there was already a carpenter. It was a nice miscalculation for me, who was thinking about how to make it, but since there are many carpenters who are stubborn, I thought that if it didn't fit, I wouldn't do it. When I called the number I was told that I had no choice but to do it, I couldn't find out if it was in the field right now. Maybe it was because I asked the owner to say "I'll call you around 14:00", and I got a call three minutes later. But I couldn't get out on the train, and when I got off and called back, a young voice answered the phone. When I said carpenter, I imagined an uncle, so if I was confused, I was told that it was Kawashima, and after a little greeting, various specialized questions came up. I haven't got an image yet, so I answered what I could answer now, managed to fix the situation, and then I wondered what kind of person this person was.



Mr. Kawashima who is extremely delicate


Then, he is now an independent carpenter, but he was originally a Shinto carpenter and became a palace carpenter, and now he is a carpenter. Well, I was also in a company that handles old folk houses, so I talked about that and talked about the work of relocating old folk houses that I'm currently working on, or maybe 20 minutes before I could draw. I hung up saying I'll send it.


Along with the owner's fine play, I was doing a guts pose in my heart because of my luck. During the call, I was going back and forth while making a loud call around the ticket gate, so I would have thought that the person watching was a strange person. Anyway, he was so lucky that he didn't care about the eyes of the masses, and he said that he was very promising because the content he spoke was accurate, professional, and detailed. I arrived home thinking that I should somehow make a drawing of the proposal proposed to the owner and send it to Mr. Kawashima as soon as possible.


I have never made a stand, and it seems that Mr. Kawashima has made it several times, so I wanted to leave it to him, but I talked with the owner about the main points, and what I drew was the appearance and size. In the sense that I will leave most of the technical part to you, I will not say so much details, and the owner seems to trust Mr. Kawashima, so I think it is okay to leave it to me, and sent the drawing rice field.


When I was wondering what kind of things I could do, it wasn't like that, and Mr. Kawashima asked me questions about how to make it really carefully, and he called me over and over again. I rubbed the images each time. At the same time, I felt the pride of Mr. Kawashima as a craftsman, or the sincerity. I exchanged so many things that I wanted to say that I shouldn't really cut corners in making things and pay attention to such a place.



From the first meeting to the site


Until now, I had never met in person just by exchanging telephone calls, so I was looking forward to seeing him at the site for delivery at midnight. I was waiting at the scene at 22:00, and I met Mr. Kawashima who came in good evening for the first time. After all it is young. Have them greet each other awkwardly and bring them in. Is this feeling of devilishness despite being brought in because it is a palace carpenter? While thinking about it, I had them bring in the materials for two stalls over an hour.


After finishing, I greeted a little and talked about various things from there, and a person like an assistant used the word "resident of 1mm or less" to express Mr. Kawashima. When I thought this was interesting, Mr. Kawashima seemed to care about me, and he said, "I might have met a good person." Don't think this is a bad guy, after showing my achievements so far, when I asked Mr. Kawashima what he could do, he realized that he could do anything. I thought it was a great encounter.


3 weeks to make the foundation. On-site assembly is one day. If I was excited about what I could do by exchanging that drawing with the phone, I was so focused that it was hard to talk to me when I was working from around 9 am, and the movement was so fast and innocent that it was incomparable to when I brought it in. I'm working at. What do you do here? I answered the question seriously, but it was only the position to install it, but after that, the stalls were built up as quickly as I had never seen before. I went out before noon because I had something to do, but when I came back in the evening, the work had already been completed.



 The result was a stunning stall with no nails. I was worried about how to put out the wiring to the outlet, and he did the wiring almost inconspicuously. It's a stand that will have the same shape no matter who makes it, but since each work is polite, there is another tranquility in the shape of a dull stand. I think it's another aura-like thing that only skilled craftsmen can make. I feel like I've seen the pinnacle of manufacturing that not only makes it beautiful, but also puts the soul into it.


Actually, if we pursued more, we would be able to create something different, including how to assemble the wood, but I am very satisfied with the product that was completed while considering the balance between cost and period. I've heard that a well-known designer focused on collaborating with craftsmen and gathered good people, but by telling a really small drawing and image, the thing so far can be completed. I experienced for the first time.


Of course, the owner who saw the result was very satisfied. He also installed the cutlery drawer that the owner was concerned about.



After all, I came to the idea that the technology that said this should be left behind


After all, great things are great. That was the only impression. I was able to do more than I really expected, including exchanges. The construction industry has a huge amount of exchange of drawings to reach this point. By doing so, the responsibility is avoided, the craftsman makes it according to the drawing, and the designer does not neglect to confirm with the owner. The owner makes a decision without knowing it. Everything is a series of work that wears down my nerves, but the work with Mr. Kawashima was something different.





The old folk house was a manufacturing without a designer. The carpenter's builder is both a designer and a craftsman. There was no hierarchy that the designers said was great, and the site probably went on centering on the builder. I think that such manufacturing is difficult in modern times, which is characterized by highly developed technology and expertise, but something close to that may be possible by craftsmen. Of course, the designer sets the direction. Thinking and direction ability that captures modern needs are required. But that's not all the designers say. It is a craftsman who chews it into a shape, and anyone can do it as shown in the drawing. It wouldn't be fun to make things without something that is unique to that craftsman. That is why I think that manufacturing with technology at the top may change the manufacturing that has been shortened to avoid responsibility.


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