Japanese Cultural Grand Prix Student Award / Excellent Student Award

"Old wood"
Ryohei Nomura

By Emotion

Past in Kyoto Ten In the city in a year 12 % (800 cases per year on average) of Machiya buildings are removed every day 8-10t (( 2019 Year) waste is generated, and much of it is incinerated. This is partly due to the individuality of Kyoto, which adopted the policy of "throwing away old things and taking in new things" when the number of domestic and foreign tourists increased, but modern society such as capitalism Considering the situation created by the system, it seems that there is a structure that can be extended to other cities.

Born in Kyoto and raised while feeling the changes in the town, Ryohei Nomura witnessed the site where the old ones were dismantled and replaced with new ones every day.

I think many people are aware that even if they follow their lifestyles, they will not be enriched.

Manufacturing involves responsibility, and I feel that as a designer, it is necessary to have a clear sense of "what is good" before making things.

If the "lifestyle of the past" is to throw away things that are no longer used as unnecessary things and create new ones, then a mechanism that is not based on zero waste and economic rationality may be necessary for society in the future.

Based on such a hypothesis, we started the KOZAI project as an "effort to return what is lost as the city changes to the city".

"Upcycling old materials from Machiya into photo frames" KOZAI "Starts with the purpose of verifying the hypothesis made so with a concrete product.

Machiya architecture that is dismantled every day

Ryohei Nomura

Learned architecture and product design, and this year's graduate school at Kyoto Institute of Technology 3 Ryohei Nomura, who just graduated in March, belongs to a company as a designer and also develops design projects individually. Also, a young initiative of the World Economic Forum, " GLOBAL SHAPERS As a member of ", I am working on various concepts / product designs by breaking down the social vision I envision. KOZAI So I was in charge of the meta part, concept and product direction.

Ryohei Nomura


"Monoya" is 2019 A design unit and antique shop based in Kyoto, which was established by Mr. Hitoki Sakurai and Mr. Takushi Yoshida, who were 4th year university students who majored in product design in 1945.

Currently, we have a real store in Kita-ku, Kyoto, and we handle various items such as old tools purchased in the market, collections that have found value, and items that were born during production. In addition, the collections are used as seeds for new ideas, and the spatial composition and fixtures are used. / / At the same time, we operate a studio that designs furniture products. KOZAI So I was in charge of the micro part, product design and production.

Hitoki Sakurai

“Input is important for output, and if you run an antique shop, you will naturally get more input,” says Sakurai. KOZAI The old material that became the "original" of 90 It came out when I renovated the house of the year and made a real store of things. KOZAI The characteristic of is a floating expression that is produced by a glossy texture and wire, but I heard that you devised it in the process of converting old materials to photo frames.

The wood used this time is coniferous wood, and as a result of researching the processing method to find out what kind of approach is appropriate, we adopted the traditional "yakisugi" technique.

Then, when the burnt old wood is polished with a disc grinder, the carbonized parts are rubbed against the wood, creating luster.

The crate frame and the plate that stores the photos inside it
Connected by wire, the photo looks like it's floating

The raw material for KOZAI photo frames is old wood, not waste wood. Old timber is originally stockpiled at a lumber shop. When asked about the procurement method, he said that he would call out to things when the house was demolished.

Mr. Sakurai says that when he witnesses such a site, he sees not only wood but also leftovers and feels that there are really many things. Rather than simply exchanging money like this, procuring materials through a network also makes us feel the future of society.

Old materials born from dismantled Machiya

The world-famous photo event "KYOTOGRAPHIE"
Works exhibited using KOZAI at satellite KG +

KOZAI Future

Mr. Nomura says that KOZAI is one of the realizations of the concept = hypothesis that Mr. Nomura and Mr. Nomura set up, and that he would like to work on stores and living spaces in the same context in the future. KOZAI So you disassembled the "house" into a material called wood and reconstructed it into a photo frame, but how is the space decomposed and reconstructed? Mr. Nomura said at the end of the interview:

"Making things" requires responsibility to others and the next generation.

What kind of change will occur by making it?

I want to have that perspective clearly.

We will continue to systematically consider and implement the sustainability of society.

Award-winning work

Title of work: "KOZAI"

Dimensions: Various

Material: Wood (old wood collected from a demolition house)

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