To regain biodiversity of forest loss.
Japanese timber self-sufficiency rate (2013)
After the war, forests in Japan were cut down excessively due to fuel and demands in building materials. After logging, large-scale afforestation centered on cedar and Japanese cypress was carried out because of its new policy. However, the liberalization of wood imports began in 1964, where demand shifted to inexpensive foreign-made materials. Currently, some of the artificial forests that account for about 40% of the Japanese forests are left untreated despite the fact they are in the thinning period. Some have resulted in the loss of forest biodiversity. It is also said the level of hay fever is causing people more than usual to suffer.
A sustainable furniture brand using wood, as it is.
To regain a rich ecosystem, it was necessary to prepare a situation where domestic timber could be used daily. We decided to launch a furniture brand that uses thinned wood as it is, together with Bunshodo Co., Ltd., who constructs offices/shops, and also sells furniture. "KINOWA" has a mechanism to lower the hurdle of using timber, by releasing production drawings of each product as an Open Source, to use sustainable furniture manufacturers, not only professional contractors.
KINOWA BEAM is a luminaire with LED lights, embedded within a bar of barely tampered cedarwood. Based on the concept idea of carbon offset, we produced a design that requires little woodwork, as with other KINOWA products, producing as little waste as possible. To make the most of the cracks that occur from dryness, we embedded an LED light inside, to acquire its highest form in texture and presence. This product won Gold at the DFA Awards.
By using logs of thinned timber, squared bars, and board materials as it is, reducing any complicated process. We made it possible to incorporate Japanese trees easily into our lifestyle at reasonable prices.
Through Open Source, spread new ideas for the future of forestry.
Since the beginning, KINOWA has been using thinned timber from Okayama prefecture in Nishawakura village. Now, efforts in using thinned wood from other areas are also being used based on our Open Source drawings. KINOWA's activities have gradually expanded, such as delivery services to companies and offices of organizations that sympathize with the brand's philosophy. However, while Japanese wood self-sufficiency rates are on its way to recovery, most are still dependent on imported materials. We are now looking for others who want to participate in this initiative. Please download production drawings from the link below of each KINOWA product, and become a part of the community.
Link access: https://www.bunshodo.co.jp/kinowa/products/
Design for Asia Award Gold (2015)
Good Design Award: Lifestyle Category (2015)
Wood Design Award: Lifestyle Design Category (2015)
KINOWA BEAM / KINOWA FURNITURE
2013 / 2014
NOSIGNER (Eisuke Tachikawa)
NOSIGNER (Kunihiko Sato, Sui Fujikawa)
NOSIGNER (Takeshi Kawano)
Masaharu Hatta, Kunihiko Sato