Tsuyoshi Wada established Unit 1 in 2018, architecture design practice based in Japan. He gained practical experience working for Witherford Watson Mann architects in London, Architecture research unit in London, and One O One architects in Seoul. After returning to Japan, he worked for a carpentry plant and started not only to design timber furnitures but also to craft on his own. His reseach project was selected in Summer show of Royal Academy of Art 2012.
In his design process, he learns from cultural references to find ways to embed architecture in its context at all scales. He is interested in reinterpretation of traditional art, material, techniques, and architecture languages in order to bring back to contemporary architectural projects. It is to come to an deep understanding of fundamental meanings of what those really are, and is an essential in finding ways to aproach design concepts.
5) SECRETS OF RUSSIA at KIASMA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki) 2012.
A collaboration with traditional Russian manufacturers. In 2011 Aamu Song and Johan Olin set on a journey to explore Russian manufacturing secrets. The travels, which took us from Moscow to Urals, into Siberia and to the Caucasus, resulted in collaboration with more than ten of traditional manufacturers. The collection was first shown at KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art in Finland in 2012. All designs: COMPANY (Aamu Song & Johan Olin)