Ishinomaki Laboratory is a community crafts studio located in a building adjacent to IRORI Ishinomaki. They are partner project of Ishinomaki 2.0. This studio, founded by architect Keiji Ashizawa and supported by Herman Miller and other companies, is a place where local Ishinomaki people handcraft wooden furniture products designed by Tokyo architects. The studio team is led by Factory Manager Chiba-san who is a local sushi chef. They are also holding a lot of workshops as a unique educational institute for the community.
Products of Ishinomaki Laboratory are now available online on Fukko (which means recovery from the 311 tsunami and earthquake) Department Store page or Ishinomaki Laboratory page of Yahoo! Japan Shopping. Their sophisticated wooden furniture is already making a great success and has been installed in notable offices and stores including Tokyo office of Media Arts Lab, Apple's ad agency. What they brought into tsunami-affected areas was creative and innovative ideas to nurture new industry. This is another birthplace of the future of Ishinomaki.