Ishinomaki Laboratory embodies the culture of design and do-it-yourself, energised by a local community.
May 22nd, 2015
What began in 2011 as a common utility space for locals to repair damages caused by the 3.11 earthquake in Ishinomaki has transitioned into an independent workshop that creates well crafted products – some were recently exhibited at Milan Design Week.
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