a message of support from our partners in Ishinomaki, Japan

In this next chapter of our relationship with Detroit, Ishinomaki Laboratory is excited to announce a Made in Local partnership with the Brightmoor Maker Space.

Since 2017, Ishinomaki Laboratory has been engaging with students and faculty from the University of Michigan as a part of the Ishinomaki-Detroit Collaborative, a transnational alliance of community-based ventures and non-profits in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture and Detroit, Michigan. As our Detroit-based counterpart, the Brightmoor Maker Space became a close partner in an annual exchange of technical know-how, experiences, and cultures.

A bit different from our other Made in Local partnerships, Ishinomaki Laboratory will not be collecting any design or brand licensing fees from the Brightmoor Maker Space; rather, our focus will be on supporting the training of a new generation of woodworkers as they learn production and business skills through the manufacturing and promotion of our designs. Products will initially be made with pine wood and made available for sale in the Detroit Metropolitan Area.

This project has been over six months in the making, delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet made even more timely/important by the current social upheaval in the U.S. and around the world addressing systemic racism. As a furniture brand, as designers and makers, as fellow human beings, we hope to support long-term change via #MadeInLocalDetroit, because #blacklivesmatter (more from us on this via IGTV https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBMa1m7n_ii/).

アメリカ・デトロイト市と次の一歩がはじまります。石巻工房はこれからデトロイト市にあるものづくりの学校Brightmoor Maker Space(BMS)と「メイド・イン・ローカル」プロジェクトを進めていきます。



企画から6ヶ月以上経過しましたが、新型コロナウイルスの影響で開発が遅れておりました。また現在アメリカをはじめ世界中の黒人の人種差別に抗議するデモがあり、今回の企画はより大切なプロジェクトと捉えています。家具ブランドとして、デザイナー・メーカーとして、人間として、この #MadeInLocalDetroit のプロジェクトから長期的な変革を目指していきたいと思っています。なぜなら、黒人の命も大切なんです。 #ブラックライブスマター(もっと詳しくは、IGTVをご覧ください https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBMcRU4nv6V/ )