TOOLBOX WITH KEIJI ASHIZAWA

Toolbox with Keiji Ashizawa (2014)

Design: Keiji Ashizawa

Client: saturday market project

Photo: Marina Castagna

Saturday market project とコラボレーションをして製作したTool box
金物はsuper robot 桐箱は株式会社 中村木工所による製作。ガレージにおいやられる工具箱ではなくリビングスペースにおく工具箱としてデザイン。

2014 London design festival にて出品。2014年11月号 Monocle誌にて掲載-表紙。

幅: 284mm
奥行き: 364mm
高さ: 330mm 

Toolbox with Keiji Ashizawa (2014)

Design: Keiji Ashizawa

Client: saturday market project

Photo: Marina Castagna

A SMP CoLab Exclusive

Keiji Ashizawa’s Toolbox uses delicate steel and wood workmanship combined with an ingenious four drawer dual-slide system to achieve a balanced, beautiful design previously unknown to this humble object. Whether or not you believe your hand tools deserve a resting place of appropriate beauty, this piece is a joy to behold and anything but ordinary storage. The Toolbox is handmade in Japan using traditional materials and methods, including Paulownia wood by Nakamura Woodworking and hand-forged steel by Super Robot.

Made on request in Japan
Lead time: 4-6 weeks

Keiji Ashizawa lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Yokohama University’s School of Architecture in 1995, Mr. Ashizawa began working as an architect and steel fabricator. The unique skills and experience gained in these early years, including a deep understanding of metal, continue to influence his approach to design today.

Today, Mr. Ashizawa focuses on what he calls ‘honest’ design – simple yet refined, beautiful yet affordable. For him, this ‘honesty’ comes naturally when fully realizing the potential of each material and its function. Whether architecture, interior, product, or furniture design, Mr. Ashizawa’s projects always maintain these core design principles.

Mr. Ashizawa’s furniture and lighting designs have been exhibited internationally since 2001. In 2011, he was awarded a ‘Special Award’ by the Japan Institute of Design for his participation in setting up the Ishinomaki Laboratory – a public furniture workshop established in Ishinomaki city, Japan, after it was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

The toolbox is pictured with Gramercy tools, available separately.

SMP Colab works with artists, makers, designers and independent businesses to create new kits and products. They each celebrate a particular material or method and marry exceptional skill with design. We believe a well designed outcome can ignite the desire to try something new.

W: 284mm
D: 364mm
H: 330mm