Researching the characteristic qualities of honeycomb.
Visiting the manufacture of honeycomb.
Layering aluminum sheets and while adhering them in certain parts.
Expanding this reveals the honeycomb structure.
Discussing the samples.
Coloring the units by anodizing them.
Showa Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd.
SAIC manufactured aircraft, mainly based on imported models, from its foundation to the mid-1940s. The technical abilities in sheet processing, cutting, welding, thermal processing and surface processing that it developed from its knowledge and experience in lightweight alloys gained from this history, and its R&D abilities in areas such as aircraft equipment, lightweight alloy structures, and honeycombs, make it well known as one of Japan’s leading manufacturers and sellers of weight-saving products.
Born in 1940, he graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts.From 1966 to 1969, he was working at the architectural design firm of Angelo Mangiarotti (STUDIO MANGIAROTTI). Later, and ongoing to the present, he has created works in a wide range of fields, including product design, interior design, and environmental design, and has won numerous awards. He also contributes to the revitalization of local industries. In 2013 he was appointed Chairman of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.
Research & Development: Wataru Kumano
Born in Tokyo in 1980. From 2001 to 2008 studied in Finland, studied Furniture deisgn at Lahti Polytechnic (2001-2004 BA), and University of Art and Design Helsinki (Aalto University) for Postgraduate studies (2005-2008 MA). After came back to Japan, he start work as an assistant designer of British Product Designer Jasper Morrison in Tokyo in 2008. Beside of the work, set up own design office "KUMA" in 2011, and work for interior, furniture, product design and project management.