Ishinomaki Laboratory is a workshop started in 2011 to help the local community, devastated by the tsunami. Locals conduct their own work, with lumber and repair materials provided by volunteers, mainly designers in Tokyo. They orchestrated restoration of local shops, like the Fukko Bar. A community space aptly named IRORI (in Japanese, “open fireplace”) was also opened with the aim of development of the area through close communication of the locals.
Four years after the creation, furniture are now produced and exposed at international design fair. A project that sum-up what good design should be about.