Ishinomaki Laboratory started as a community space and workshop in response to the devastating 2011 Japanese tsunami.


With the help of global furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, a team of designers lead by architect Keiji Ashizawa, volunteered to help local residents of Sendai rebuild their property by donating materials and expertise.  The result is products that are charmingly simple yet functional and attractive.


Ishinomaki Laboratory’s creative indoor and outdoor designs which are supplied by emerging and established designers and then made locally by residents of Miyagi Prefecture, are now marketed beyond the local community.


Ishinomaki Laboratory was awarded the coveted 2012 Good Design Award in Japan.