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2008

GOOD DESIGN|グッドデザイン金賞

Award-winning item
Assembly type Japanese-style room [HAKO-IE]
Business Owner
SAKAMOTO URUSHI MANUFACTURING CO.,LTD
Domain/Category
Life - Household equipment
Company
SAKAMOTO URUSHI MANUFACTURING CO.,LTD (Japan)
Award Number
08A04001
Outline of Good Design Award winners
Outline of Good Design Award winners 2008

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Outline

People have long created private spaces by setting up folding screens. This designer capitalized on the age-old custom by applying skillfully adapted techniques of traditional carpentry (used to create box-like structures in Japanese furniture and Buddhist altars by enclosing the ceiling and floor between special beams) to develop a build-it-yourself Japanese-style room called Hako-Ie, or "box house." It is taken for granted in our current golden age of prefab construction that one needs power tools to assemble a house, but this "box house" combines the techniques of expert carpenters through history who specialized in temples and shrines (as found in the castle-town of Aizu, where the manufacturer is located) to defy this preconception in a small yet authentic Japanese-style room that can be assembled without power tools. Crafted of fine materials and requiring not a single nail or screw, it is sturdy enough to be assembled and disassembled repeatedly.

Producer

ASAO SAKAMOTO President SAKAMOTO URUSHIMANYUFACTURING CO., LTD

Director

ASAO SAKAMOTO

Designer

ASAO SAKAMOTO

坂本 朝夫

More information

http://www.eyes-japan.co.jp

Already on the market
2007/8/1

Evaluation

This is an assembly-type Japanese-style room that you can set up inside a room. It's a temporary partition that might seem rather fake, but this Hako-ie ("house in a box") is a real room, made with tasteful materials and fine techniques, with painstaking attention to the smallest detail. Naturally it has tatami mats, as well as an arched ceiling, a lacquered tokonoma corner, and even a wooden veranda. It can be assembled or disassembled in an hour and requires no nails or screws, just a hammer and battens. It is only three mats in area, but offers a high-quality space in which people can relax in comfort.

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