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For a long time in Japan there have been master
craftsmen called Miya Daiku. Highly skilled, traditional
carpenters who specialize in shrine and temple
architecture, they are known for making full use of
their construction materials. For example, if they find
a gnarled or imperfect piece of wood, they are able to
see its full potential instead of discarding it because
of its flaws.
Shape determines how an item will be used. I believe
this is what design can do. “Placing things where they
should be” on the assumption that necessity dictates
its use. Trying to maximize the potential of things
within the limits of the design.
That is our philosophy.
—Tetsu Nishiyama, aka “Tet” / Designer