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Designers in Residence Program

Great Way to Focus on Your Project, and to Make a Contribution to the Local Community, While Staying in Hida-Furukawa

Hidakuma offers Designer-in-residence Program to any world designer at FabCafe Hida located in Furukawa, Hida, Gifu, Japan. Once selected as a chosen designer or architect, he/she can stay in Furukawa for a set period of time to work on prototype projects, productions, and/or workshops, making the most of Hida’s resources of local skills and technology.

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Hida City

〜Prototyping with local resources, technology, and knowledge〜

The main goals for this program is that designers, architects, and creators help us expose the true value of natural resources and skills/techniques to the world through their innovative prototype products and furniture, making the most of wooden and forestry items, and traditional techniques. As a consequence, we hope that your projects will help us connect the local area with the larger cities and even the global community.

During your stay as a designer-in-residence, we offer you the time and opportunity to create prototypes at FabCafe studio while studying what the local nature has to offer such as hardwood trees, as well as the traditional Kumiki technique. You will also have opportunity to have study and discussion sessions with the local craftsmen and community.

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What Is Expected of Designers-in-Residence

  1. For designers and architects:
    You are expected to produce innovative furniture and wood items with kumiki-joinery technique as prototypes or products, working in collaboration with local craftsmen.
    (You have access to the digital equipment and wood machinery at the studio)
  2. For designers and researchers:
    You are expected to create innovative IT service or set up database that promotes wood use in the market, to create open database to support passing on traditional skills/technique, and to plan and realize session, event, and/or festival to start up new movement/trend with forestry industry.
  3. For designers and creators:
    You are expected to set up creative activities to revitalize the local industry through the exchange with the local residence, making the most of the local recourses including food and surroundings.

We aim to help bring awareness of rich natural resources available in Japan, and accelerate sustainable environment arrangement through these activities.

Support We Offer

  • Accommodation and daily support including local useful information
  • Arranging materials for delivery, including hardwood and other wood materials, Japanese paper, glass, plants, fermented liquor, and mountain vegetables
  • Tours that help you with your production. This includes study event on forestry and wood materials, technical training, trekking in forest, and exchange event with local community.
  • Referral to craftsmen and manufacturers
  • Interpreter and other support
  • Access to the studio including the machinery. Also we will support on its use. *For more details on machinery availability, please click here.

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Stay-on-Site Plans – 3 Options〜

The 3 options we offer have different goals – (1) to focus on your own project making the most of the local wood materials and skills/techniques, (2) to work on production and activity that contribute to local Hida area, and (3) to research and studies for students. I hope you find a plan that suits your own goals.
*For Plan B and C, please submit your plan and make an agreement with Hidakuma prior to the initiation of the project.

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Plan A:Basic Plan

Main goal for this plan is to work on your own projects. You have an access to the abundant wood materials, skills/technique, tools, craftsmen, and knowledge in the Hida region.

■ Price
・Accommodation:5,000 yen(per person, per night. No meals included)
 Conditions:Shower/bath and laundry are available only during the café’s closing hours (6pm – 9am).
・Use of Studio:15,000 yen〜(1month)
 Conditions:May use Fab/wood machinery. Wood materials and printer ink are not included in price. You are expected to clean the communal machinery before and after each use.
・Materials:Price may vary depending on what materials are required.
 Wood materials, Acryl, and UV printer ink are available for use at FabCafe Hida. Please contact staff for further information.

Plan B: Supporter Plan

This plan is for you if you would like to work in collaboration with the local craftsmen to produce furniture or wood items. This is also suitable for those scientists and researchers who aim to develop database on wood and forestry materials working along with Hida city government. The accommodation will be subsidized and, below is what is expected from you when participating on Plan B.

The Output HidakumaExpects from Your Project

■ Production
 1. To contribute at least one of your productions to Hidakuma, which helps spread the value and story of Hidakuma and/or Hida city. An example may be furniture or wood items.
 2. To hold one or more workshop or event during your stay
Note: We expect your event will gather between 10 and 40 visitors depending on the type of event. “Holding a workshop or event” includes your initiatives on planning, advertising, and realizing the event. Any profit made out of the event will be contributed to FabCafe Hida as operation fee.

■ Media
 We ask you to send out information on your project and work experiences through blogs, SNS and other outsource media in English or Japanese language.
We will also use the media to advertise your work through Hidakuma and FabCafe.
http://hidakuma.comwww.fabcafe.com/hidaHidakuma Facebook,  FabCafe Hida Facebookwww.loftwork.jpwww.fabcafe.com/tokyo

■ Price
・Accommodation:2,000 yen(per person, per night. No meals included)
 Conditions:Shower/bath and laundry are available only during the café’s closing hours (6pm – 9am).
・Use of Studio:15,000 yen〜(1 month)
Conditions:May use Fab/wood machinery. Wood materials and printer ink are not included in price. You are expected to clean the communal machinery before and after each use.
・Materials:Price may vary depending on what materials required.
Wood materials, Acryl, and UV printer ink are available for use at FabCafe Hida. Please contact staff for further information.

Plan C:Student Plan

This plan is right for you if you have interest in passing on tradition and revitalizing reginal towns; producing furniture and wood products along with the local craftsmen; and also if you are currently studying architecture, designing, forestry, wood processing, digital and/or IT, who would like creating database on wood and forestry. The accommodation will be offered for free of charge if you can produce the output of the following:

The Output Hidakuma Expects from Your Project

■ Production
 1. To contribute at least one of your productions to Hidakuma, which helps spread the value and story of Hidakuma and/or Hida city. An example may be furniture or wood items.
 2.To hold one or more workshop or event during your stay
    Note: We expect your event will gather between 10 and 40 visitors depending on the type of event. “Holding a workshop or event” includes your initiatives on planning, advertising, and realizing the event. Any profit made out of the event will be contributed to FabCafe Hida as operation fee.

■ Media
 We ask you to send out information on your project and work experiences through blogs, SNS and other outsource media in English or Japanese language.
 We will also use the media to advertise your work through Hidakuma and FabCafe.
http://hidakuma.comwww.fabcafe.com/hidaHidakuma Facebook,  FabCafe Hida Facebookwww.loftwork.jpwww.fabcafe.com/tokyo

■ Work as part of our team
 Also you work at FabCafe Hida for 4 hours a day with a minimum stay of 5 days with us.
 ・Send out the information on your project 1 or 2 above thought blog and/or SNS as well as other media.

■ Price
・Accommodation:Free
・Use of Studio:15,000 yen〜(1 month)
 Conditions:May use Fab/wood machinery. Wood materials and printer ink are not included in price. You are expected to clean the communal machinery before and after each use.
・Materials:Price may vary depending on what materials required.
 Wood materials, Acryl, and UV printer ink are available for use at FabCafe Hida. Please contact staff for further information.

Additional Options:

We offer custom-made tours and programs that fits your needs.

・Program Design and Workshop
 Price: 50,000 yen~ per group

・Tour Guide
 Hidakuma Staff will give you a guide to the local areas as well as introducing you to our valuable network of local human resources.
 Price:30,000 yen/Half Day and 50,000 yen /Full Day

・Interpretation
 We have English-Japanese interpretation available.
 Price:50,000 yen/Full Day(6 hours max.)and 30,000 yen/Half Day(3 hours max.)

Conditions

・For those chosen Plan B and C, we require that the designer leave one of your prototype products with us at FabCafe Hida. The aim is to pass on the value he/she have created through the projects for the others who will be visiting Fab Café Hida in the future. Credit will be given to the designer and stated when the work is on display.
・Intellectual property will belong to the designer and artists at all times.
・We may use photos and movies that have been taken during your stay for the purpose of advertisement for FabCafe Hida and affiliated partners.
・Agreement will be made between Hidakuma and designers if any of the productions will be sold as a product on the market.

Payment

All payments mentioned above must be made at the time of checking-in. Please note that the price quotes on this site does not include consumption tax.

Apply

Interested in designers-in-residence position? Please apply from here.

Designers-in-Residence in the Past

Ori and Maya(Tel Aviv, Israel)
https://fabcafe.com/hida/blog/strangersinaroom

Frajya (London, the UK)
https://fabcafe.com/hida/blog/fabmeetupfrejya

Architects and Designers from Japan
https://hidakuma.com/blog/wooddesigntirp/

Photo Gallery

▼FabCafe Hida 
Photos by Dan Rubin:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hidakuma/albums/72157666468537350 

Photos by Shoma Terai:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hidakuma/albums/72157669766894920

▼Digital equipment available on site
https://hidakuma.com/blog/fabandwoodworkingmachines/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hidakuma/albums/72157668482463341/with/27146234031/

▼Prototyping at FabCafe Hida
https://flic.kr/s/aHskCjKbCS

Nishino Seizaisho, sawmill company who boasts the top volume of hardwood production in Gifu prefecture. Very few sawmills carry hardwood in Japan. @Photo by Tomooki Kengaku

A pillar using ferrule join technique by FabCafe Hida. Upper part of the pillar is the remainder from the Meiji era, while the rotten bottom was replaced with new wood piece in 2016 when Hidakuma collected the pillar. @Photo by Craig Mod

FabCafe Hida Staff working on furniture manufacturing (Photo by Tomooki Kengaku)

Kumiki joint, Hida’s work of art

Collaboration between a French designer and a Hida Carpenter

Sano, an architect specializes in style of a tea-ceremony arbor building in Kyoto area, is selecting local hardwood pieces at a local sawmill.

A typical scenery from Hida-Furukawa

A summer day in Hida-Furukawa

A winter day in Hida-Furukawa