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Jig Collection by Jig Studio

DESIGNER:

Jig Studio

PHOTO:

Jig Studio

YEAR:

2021

PRODUCTION:

Japan

LINKS:

Jig Studio, @studiojig

About name of studio

The “Jig” in studio Jig is a general term for all kinds of instruments used in production.
Mainly referring to an instrument that aids in improving a work environment, jig is represented in Japanese with the characters for “cure” and “tool”, and is used in a variety of production sites.
Even in woodworking, jigs are a must-have item, with many types ranging from the all-mighty tool for every situation to the one-and-only tool for a special process. There are various kinds of “jigs”, but it is always something that exists to “improve the environment”.
Just like the “jig” used in woodworking, we will offer craftsmanship tailored to the style of the customer, from a piece of almighty furniture that matches any place, to the one-and-only piece of furniture to improve a specific environment.

Concept of studio

To change the notion of what creation is, “Let’s question the established notions.”
These are words I said to myself night after night when I was wrestling with a task as a student at an art university.
If I had to describe myself, I don’t really have any problems or dissatisfaction with common sense or the generally accepted ideas of the world, so I said these words to myself as a hint for creation.
When I thought about starting studio Jig, I thought that, somehow, I want to do work that adds some change to the notions of this world.
-Changing the notion of “wooden furniture”
By using the cultivated technique of “free form lamination” to make never-before-seen furniture, we will change the concept of designing “furniture”.
-Change the notion of “conifers”
We will change the notion that conifers are unfit and can’t be used for furniture.
That was a big digression, but in short, that is our intent moving forward.

About material

studio Jig uses “Yoshino cedar”, a kind of Japanese cedar cultivated in the Yoshino region of Nara Prefecture. One of the three most beautiful planted forests of Japan, the dense planting and repeated thinning of the Yoshino cedar forests bring a quality and character that can’t be seen in more mass-produced wood. It’s a quality that produces thin, even rings and hardly any knots in a plank longer than 4 meters. It’s a character expressed by the complexion and scent, the light crimson of the wood grain.

About technique

studio Jig utilizes a new technique called “Free-form Lamination”. “Free-form” means to not have a specific mould or shape, and “lamination” means to stack and bond multiple layers on one another.
Generally speaking, techniques for stacking and bonding plywood use male-female moulds, and the products are formed by following along those set moulds. However, Free-form Lamination is a method that doesn’t use a male-female mould.
Therefore, it is not restricted by any set mould, opening up the possibility of free moulding and formation.
Since Japanese cedar lumber is light and soft, it has long been considered to be a poor choice of material for furniture.
However, by using a technique that stacks and crimps multiple layers of thin, individual planks of Yoshino cedar (and its dense rings), the strength of the bonding glue compensates for the strength of the wood, so that even this soft Japanese cedar lumber is a material I can use to create furniture. Also, the dense rings themselves indicate that this wood has the maximum strength that Japanese cedar lumber can provide.
Having retained the warmth of Japanese cedar lumber while attaining the proper strength to be furniture, please experience the furniture of studio Jig for yourself.

About legless chair

A chair made from Yoshino Cedar x Free-form Lamination. The curve looks like it was formed by one brush stroke, serving as a natural armrest when getting up from the floor or sitting down, and connects as a backrest to gently support your back.
This product received the Bronze Leaf Award at the International Furniture Competition held in Asahikawa, Hokkaido once every three years.

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