all photos by Masaaki Inoue

Ishinomaki Laboratory was founded in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami as a means of empowering and reviving a devastated local community. The initiative began with small DIY workshops for residents affected by the disaster, as well as projects to restore and renovate local shops, creating spaces “where people could reimagine the future of the city together.” Led by designer Keiji Ashizawa, the brand is now celebrating 10 years of DIY design through an exhibition in Tokyo.

Ten years have passed since the tragic natural disaster and to this day, Ishinomaki Laboratory continues to “utilize design and craftsmanship to bolster recovery and revitalization efforts in the region.” The brand has grown in recognition, both through their own work and also through collaborations with Japanese and international designers.

“JYU” — 10 Years of Ishinomaki Laboratory is being hosted by fellow collaborator and furniture brand Karimoku Commons. The exhibition is up now through August 6, 2021 at the showroom in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo. If you’re unable to make it to the exhibition, you can also keep up with Ishinomaki Lab on Instagram.

As part of the 10-year anniversary exhibition, the brand has also launched a crowdfunding project to open a new hybrid guesthouse space and public workshop in Ishinomaki will eventually be able to welcome locals as well as host workshops. Although only open to residents of Japan, supporters will be able to purchase popular products from their lineup, brand new items, and vouchers for guest house stays.