Project: Kama-Asa Shop
Award: Retail & Consumer Design Interiors: Independent Shops & Small Chains, Gold, 2023
Design Practice: Kamitopen Co.
Client: Kama-Asa Shop
The Kama-Asa Shop is a knife and kitchen tool shop, originally established in 1908. Its raw and monochromatic redesign is intended to showcase the unique craftsmanship behind the utensils on offer.
The rebar is a stick-shaped rolled steel material formed from irregular nubs called ribs and joints that are used as a building construction material.
As KAMA-ASA Shop’s policy is based on the belief that good tools are made for a good reason, it made sense to showcase the architectural skills of craftsmen in the shop and so the rebar, usually hidden in the wall, became an integral part of the design.
Handrails and furniture were designed to complement the rebar. The knife display shelves are made from railroad ties, expressing the long history of knives that can be used for many years.
Photo credit: Keisuke Miyamoto
LEAD DESIGNER: Masahiro Yoshida
DESIGNER: Yoshie Ishii
ARCHITECTS: Naganuma Architects Co. Ltd. -Hidemitsu Naganuma
BRANDING: EIGHT BRANDING DESIGN Co., Ltd. -Akihiro Nishizawa