a brand of sundries made of demolished wooden houses.
Each piece of scrap wood comprising “queue” used to be a part of houses.
Some of those scrap wood still remains “kizami” (hand-carved joints on framework of house), and “sumi-tsuke” (hand-written marks which written with Japanese brush and ink before processing the materials for framework), while some others have lacqueredsurface. The brand “queue” made a series of sundries that made out of laminated timber we made which still remains the diversity and inhomogeneity of scrap wood. At now that not only houses but many other things became short life, carpenters’ attentive work on scrap wood makes us reconsider about the way of manufacturing or just making things should be.
Produced by yoca, a design unit of two, Sumi and graphic designer Yada.
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The average life of Japanese houses became 27 years which is extremely short even as a comparison with foreign countries, and more than 13% of houses in Japan are vacant and this rate is steadily increasing. Situation of that “consumption cycle became too fast” is not only for houses, but also for many of Japanese manufacturing industry such as electric appliances or fashion industry for example.
“re-cycling” or “up-cycling” are demanded as new words among people who became conscious about such situation. However, carpenters used to dismantle houses by hand, and used the scrap wood for making another house.
I just rebuilt the thing carpenters used to do as a matter of course as a product designer.