Gallery Tour Series The Carpenters Line

Credit: Igarashi Junya

Gallery Tour Series: The Carpenters’ Line

Gallery Tour Series The Carpenters Line

Credit: Igarashi Junya

Take a journey through 1,300 years of master carpentry in a series of guided tours celebrating the opening weekend of Japan House London’s new exhibition The Carpenters’ Line: Woodworking Heritage in Hida Takayama. The tours are led by exhibition curator and Japan House London Programming Director Simon Wright alongside special guests from Japan. These include key members of the exhibition curatorial and creative team, Yamada Yū (method Inc.) and design unit SPREAD, in addition to woodworking artisan, Kawakami Shingo from Nissin Furniture Crafters, a leading furniture manufacturer based in the Hida region.

During a tour which reveals behind-the scenes insights into the exhibition curation process, guests can take a closer look at Hida’s extraordinary craftworking legacy from the rich natural resources of Hida’s forests, the tools and techniques developed to work them, to the involvement of Hida craftsmanship in furniture design around the world today.

See the programme below for details.

Gallery Tour Series Programme:

Friday 30 September 2022, 15:00  Tour features Yamada Yū (method Inc.), SPREAD and Kawakami Shingo (Nissin Furniture Crafters) Event closed
Saturday 1 October 2022, 15:30 Tour features Yamada Yū (method Inc.) and SPREAD Event closed
Sunday 2 October 2022, 15:30 Tour features Yamada Yū (method Inc.) and SPREAD Event closed

Each tour will last 45 minutes and will begin in front of the Gallery on Japan House London's Lower Ground floor promptly at the start time.  

About the Tour Leaders 

Yamada Yū (method Inc.)

Yamada Yū is a buyer and curator born in Tokyo. After working as a buyer for IDÉE SHOP in Minami-Aoyama, Yamada founded method in 2007 and began working as a freelance buyer. He is currently the representative of method Inc. In 2014, Yamada published The Method of Shop Success (Seibundo Shinkosha). Yamada works extensively as a judge for various competitions, including the Good Design Award, and is active as a lecturer for educational institutions and local industries. His past projects include: The National Art Center, Tokyo Museum Shop (‘Souvenir from Tokyo’), the 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Shop, the Good Design Store Tokyo by Nohara, Made in Pierre Hermé Marunouchi, and the Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival. 


SPREAD is a creative unit created by Kobayashi Hirokazu and Yamada Haruna in 2004. By mixing the concepts of landscape design and graphic design, and by dismantling and rebuilding memory, they seek to spread multidisciplinary creations to the future. Their work includes the Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival and Life Stripe, a project which seeks to find patterns in our everyday existence by using bands of colour. 

Nissin Furniture Crafters 

Nissin Furniture Crafters was founded in 1946 in Hida Takayama, Gifu Prefecture. Since then, their design principle has been prioritizing costumers’ needs while designing and crafting furniture. The roots of their design style trace back to a visit to Scandinavia in 1963. They combined the essence of Scandinavian design with Japanese craftsmanship from Hida and developed a series of products that are practical, accessible, and durable.

This event has been made possible with the support of Takayama City and Gifu Prefecture.