Presentation of Conceptual Design for New-Generation Business-Class Aircraft Seat
Mock-Up Display for Aircraft Interiors EXPO (AIX) 2018 in Hamburg
We jointly developed a mockup seat for AIX with the concept “Spread Your Wings,” aiming to present the next-generation of standard aircraft business-class seats. The combination of a triangular extension area adjacent to the seat, the three-stage movable center divider, and the unique seating arrangement produces a flexible space with a lateral expanse which accommodates various body positions. Because of the ease in changing the seat arrangement, the model also offers a selective advantage for airline companies, as they can provide a seat space that meets a variety of passenger needs.
Signage Project for Marunouchi Hotel
We managed a signage renewal project for Marunouchi Hotel, one of the most prestigious hotels established in 1924. In reviewing the signage plan, we reconstituted the hotel’s heritage asset with the hotel manager and staff in an effort to develop the concept of “Japanese hospitality through shared appreciation of seasonal changes.” Based on the Japanese culture of offering hospitality to guests by utilizing seasonal changes, the hotel staff welcome their guests using signage with seasonal artworks, which can be replaced manually, to set up a mechanism where the staff can regularly make a fresh start, and interior arrangements are refreshed.
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“NIGETORE” Personal Tsunami Evacuation Drill APP
Because Japan is prone to mega earthquakes and tsunamis, including the anticipated Nankai trough earthquake, the team developed an evacuation drill app for residents to stress the importance of emergency evacuation as the most effective measure for minimizing casualties. This app uses trusted flood simulation data from researchers and indicates the safety level in an emergency evacuation during tsunami using graphical representations, sound effects, and announcements. It is designed to help users think of emergency scenarios and measures through simulated experience that includes more than simple on-screen tsunami predictions. GK Kyoto’s main responsibilities include app UI design, public relations support, store up release, and corporation during test run.
The CoCoroe Series of medical and welfare apparatus was developed to assist both caregivers and care receivers as a countermeasure for the current situation where low birth rate and longevity create increasing demand for rehabilitation and nursing and the level of the burden and labor shortage are concerned. As a part of the Humatronics business that integrates the mechatronics of industrial robots and human abilities for new value creation, YASKAWA and GK Industrial Design focused on balancing the cool image of advanced and functional technologies and the warm image of user-friendly safety and kindness in expressing “geniality realized through technology.”
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Takara Holdings Inc. 90th Anniversary
Sho Chiku Bai Junmai Daiginjo Bottle
The bottle, designed by GK Industrial Design was specially prepared for “Sho Chiku Bai”, the top-quality sake which would be used as a gift to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Takara Holdings. The design concept intended to express the quality of sake brewed from rice grains that have been milled down to 20% of their original size, as well as a flowery atmosphere as a memorial gift to present the refined style of a rice wine brewer in Kyoto.
Beer server designed to brew and serve beer customized to customers’ preferences. It is installed inside the counter of Spring Valley Brewery and operated by a bartender. To emphasize the attractiveness of the machine, all component elements from the cylinder system to screws are fully exposed instead of being covered in a case. Looking at the beautifully finished parts and components, the proof of a precision machine, will enhance customer expectations for tasteful beers. Being able to watch beers being customized in front of their eyes will give customers feelings of anticipation.
Furniture made of Wood in the Home Town
Furniture design for a chair with armrests made of steel pipes and molded plywood. A minimalist design chair that shows the textures of the materials well fits not only to homes and offices, but also to villas, galleries and other spaces not only for daily living, but also working spaces such as studios, ateliers and research rooms. The company presents a new business model whereby furniture pieces of the same design are manufactured in different regions by local craftsmen using wood grown in those local areas. It is hoped that chairs of the same design will be manufactured in all prefectures across the country.
FUGAN SUIJO LINE “fugan”
A tourist boat designed for cruising the Fugan Canal in Toyama city. It is operated by a solar power generation device on board. The body is made with aluminum alloy to lighten its weight, and for easier recycling. The frame structure is employed, and to allow easy embarking and disembarking for passengers with physical difficulties, a device with limited steps is introduced. A boat allows freer mobility but passengers have a feeling of confinement. To alleviate this feeling, the room surrounded by glass walls gives an open-air feeling, and the open deck allows passengers to enjoy the winds.
Sport Boat “242 Limited S”
A full model change of the 24 FT series, the flagship model of the sport boat family is loaded with a water jet engine. The distinctive silhouette of the series, a sweeping fastback from the windshield toward the back, is maintained as the symbolic style, and all elements are integrated to give the flagship model a stately atmosphere.