This week I start a two week residency at Hida Fabcafe. To start off my time here let me share this incredible space with you!
Fabcafe is a super cool collection of cafes which can be found worldwide, for example in Spain, France and Tokyo. In these cafes one can enjoy delicious coffee with a side portion of laser cutting or 3D printing. They form creative hubs where designers, makers and design enthusiasts can meet and create. I presented my work at Fabcafe Tokyo last month.
I first came here to Hida in April to attend the opening of the brand new and beautiful Fabcafe Hida. Nestled inside a lovingly renovated traditional Japanese sake-merchants brewery, the building itself is over 100 years old. One can enjoy the age-glowing timber alongside the modern hum of 3D printers.
Hida is a peaceful town in the mountains, to a traveler in Japan it feels like a much more relaxing, less touristy Kyoto. It has a long, rich history of craftspeople and carpentry, with a wonderful museum dedicated to the methods of joinery and building construction that were developed and preserved here.
The Hida Fabcafe opening was scheduled to be at the same time one of Japan’s great festivals, the Hida Furukawa Matsuri. I spent a fantastic long weekend exploring the large cafe and wood workshops, tasting plenty of the amazing sake still produced in the area and viewing the lively festival.
I have now returned for a two week stay, during which time I’ll work on developing some modern prototype products, blending tradition materials and processes with modern ideas and tools.
Matsuri (festival) pictures: