[ Furnishings ]
Furniture has a huge variety of operations and uses: sitting, relaxing, sleeping, eating, thinking, writing and drawing, closing, cleaning... At the same time, we must think about how it fits near us. In terms of space, we must consider not only reason and convenience, but also how it changes the meaning and value of a space. For me, I think about the furnishings inside a space a great deal, and about how furniture can enliven or kill a space; I find it a truly difficult but interesting issue.
I make interesting furnishings with Shigeki Miyamoto of Minerva. The two of us are always striving to go beyond the familiar domain of furniture. Using the hide of Hokkaido's overabundant Yezo deer, we made large deer hide cushions to place around the hearth. When people snuggle down and relax in these cushions, it's oddly like a herd of deer gathering around the fire.
What's more, we also made stuffed animal sofas mimicking Okhotsk animals for the Okhotsk Treatment Spa. It truly is adorable, enjoyable work. I hope to keep making strange, personal furniture as we go forward.
The Chair Master, Shigeki Miyamoto
Hokkaido Lake Shikotsu
Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU NO UTA
The hide of Yezo deer is much thicker and tougher than Honshu deer, to help it survive the harsh winter. That thickness makes it harder to tan, but also makes it much more durable so you can flop down on it without worry. The deer have grown far too numerous. The deer bear no blame, but they are eating the bark off the trees and thus are harming the forest. Thus we have named our Yezo deer series ECOSYSTEM OF FOREST.
HOKUTEN NO OKA Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort
These are Okhotsk stuffed animal sofas we made for our Okhotsk Treatment Spa. Okhotsk is home to Steller's sea eagles, spotted seals, bears, Yezo deer and forest rabbits. There are a lot of animals. We hope to offer a soothing moment with these animal style sofas.