芦沢啓治建築設計事務所 / Keiji Ashizawa Design Co., Ltd.

Keiji Ashizawa Design Co., Ltd.

Keiji Ashizawa Design is a firm consisting of members of various backgrounds and skills. We specialize in architecture, interior, furniture, lighting and product design, allowing us to propose “honest design” regardless of size and form.

Keiji Ashizawa Architect / Product Designer

Keiji Ashizawa was born in 1973. After graduating from Yokohama National University in 1996, Keiji started his career as an architect and sharpened his craft at a cabinet maker and lighting design studio, super robot. In 2005 he established his practice, Keiji Ashizawa Design.

Past projects include collaborations with furniture companies such as karimoku, MUJI, IKEA, and pilot architecture projects with Panasonic homes. Awards include GOOD DESIGN AWARD’s Best 100 under Social infrastructure, platform category, and Special Award from the Chairman of JDP (Ishinomaki Laboratory), AIA’s 2010 National Architecture Awards (Wall House, a joint collaboration with Peter Stutchbury Architecture), Monocle’s Best Restaurant Design Award 2021 (Masu Restaurant). Currently he is a visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University, Director of IFFT, jury member of GOOD DESIGN AWARD, iF, and Young Guns.

His philosophy, “Honest Design” is consistent in every project expanding from designs for small products to architectural projects. He honestly tackles the terms and limitations of each project, groping solution for them. This process from general viewpoints results in multifaceted solutions, which amplify each element and shine the strength and beauty of materials. In architectural projects, focusing on the relation with environmental terms, he approaches from the landscape to the styling, harmonizing the space with various techniques comprehensively. For the products, considering not only functions and limitations but also relations and effects with the spaces and architectures, he is good at product designing with fine-tuning of materials.On the other hand, he is also keen to seek how design and creativity contribute to society from his architectural perspective.

In 2011 to support local communities’ recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, he initiated Ishinomaki Laboratory, a public DIY workshop. In 2014 Ishinomaki Laboratory was incorporated as a furniture company. The unique skills and experience gained throughout these early years, and deeper understanding of materials continue to influence his approach to design.

CLIENT:

Architecture / Interior

TRUNK(HOTEL)
Blue Bottle Coffee
MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIO
DIOR
SWATCH GROUP JAPAN
VICTORINOX JAPAN
INOVE
Papabubble
TOKYU CORPORATION

Product

MUJI
karimoku
IKEA OF SWEDEN
MENU
Ariake
Frama cph
Zaozuo
Galerie Maria Wettergren
commoc
DUENDE

Keiji Ashizawa Design Co., Ltd

First Class Architectural Office Registration No. 52751
Nichijiren Architectural Office Liability Insurance
(Services are available in English and Chinese)

TEAM

Mariko Irie

2004 Received B.Arch. from Showa woman’s University
2005- Keiji Ashizawa Design
Japan’s Board of Architects 1st Class Qualification

Lie Honjo

2006 Received B.Arch. from Tokyo University of Science
2006- Keiji Ashizawa Design

Kentaro Yamaguchi

2009 Received M.Arch. from Hokkaido University
2009- Keiji Ashizawa Design
Japan’s Board of Architects 1st Class Qualification

Kenta Hirayama

2011 Received B.Arch. from Waseda University
2013 Received M.Arch. from Waseda University
2014- Keiji Ashizawa Design
Japan’s Board of Architects 1st Class Qualification

Chaoyen Wu

2012 Received B.Arch. from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
2014 Waseda University Japanese Language Program
2017 Received M.Eng. in Architecture from Tokyo Institute of Technology
2017- Keiji Ashizawa Design

Kenji Kawami

2014 Received B.Arch. from Musashino Art University
2017 Received M.Arch. from Meiji University
2017- Keiji Ashizawa Design

Tsubasa Furuichi

2014 Received B.Arch. from Kogakuin University
2016 Received M.Arch. from Kogakuin University
2016-2018 ZYCC CORPORATION
2018- Keiji Ashizawa Design

Hiromi Sugihara

2013 Kozo Keikaku Engineering
2017 Received Master in Industrial design from Scuola Politecnica di Design
2018 Kensaku Oshiro design studio
2019- Keiji Ashizawa Design

Yuichiro Takei

2016 Received B.Arch. from Waseda University
2019 Received M.Arch. from Waseda University
2020- Keiji Ashizawa Design

Fumino Fukuyama

2018 Received M.Arch. from Shibaura Institute of Technology
2018 New Material Research Laboratory (NMRL)
2019-2020 Koooarchitects
2020- Keiji Ashizawa Design

Masaru Kiyota

2019 Received BA in Product Design and Material Studies from University of Oregon
2020- Keiji Ashizawa Design

Misako Fujimoto (Communication Manager)

2008 Ritsumeikan University
2009 Itochu Corporation
2014 Kvadrat Japan
2020- Keiji Ashizawa Design
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Shori Ashizawa

1961 Received B.Archi Waseda University
1961 Shimiz corporation
1986 Shimiz corporation director of landscape and interior design section
1989 Field four design office President
2006- Keiji Ashizawa Design Director