Out of Japan’s devastating 2011 earthquake, Ishinomaki Laboratory was born. Established as a workshop to encourage designers and architects to create new products, the design collective was on a mission “to become a detonator to activate the region.”
The plan worked. Nearly five years later, Ishinomaki Laboratory offers a collection of furniture and accessories with simple lines and a practical bent. Designer Tomoko Azumi’s splay-legged garden stool, which flips over to become a tool carrier, is one of our favorites:
Above: Photograph via Ishinomaki Laboratory.
Made of red cedar, stackable stools can be flipped upside down to become toolboxes to carry essentials in the garden.
Above: The Japanese Carry Stool is $175 NZ from Garden Objects.
Above: The stool is approximately 8 inches high and measures about 16.5 inches in length.
Above: Suitable for use outdoors or in, the stool has holes drilled in its legs to make it easy to carry.
For more from Ishinomaki Laboratory, see Portable Garden Furniture for a Tiny Balcony.