yusuke seki showcases tadafusa knife collection within glass cabinet in japan
yusuke seki showcases tadafusa knife collection within glass cabinet in japan yusuke seki showcases tadafusa knife collection within glass cabinet in japan
mar 17, 2016

yusuke seki showcases tadafusa knife collection within glass cabinet in japan

yusuke seki showcases tadafusa knife collection within glass cabinet in japan
all images © takumi ota




tokyo-based designer yusuke seki has recently completed the showroom and retail space for tadafusa, an acclaimed manufacturer of hand-made knives in japan. located in tsubame-sanjo – a town known for over 300 years of blacksmithing history – the specialist store explores the very detail of blacksmithing, knives and has been translated into an elegant interior space.

the use of wood brings warmth into the cold interiors




a prominent theme is the cutting board which has influenced the use of timber throughout.the specialized antibacterial carbonization method tadafusa is represented in the design’s focus on the use of spruce: carbonized spruce lends exceptional antibacterial qualities to knife handles and cutting boards. with this, this material can be seen in the presentation tables in which the knives can be tested.

the focus within the shop is the interlocking timber wall




different to regular display cases, yusuke seki has re-envisioned the process of purchasing knives. instead of a pull-out drawers or cabinets, a glass case at human scale is the focus. sliding doors open to reveal the diverse range of implements displayed vertically within. additionally, the intricately crafted shelving system is composed of interlocking timber slats that enable the cutting boards – with the product on top – be slotted into the wall at any height and with ease. the raised threshold encourages a state of awareness, mimicking those found in shrines and temples.



overall tadafusa seamlessly blends man-made and natural materials, elevating the use of knives into an distinctive showcase and celebrates the craft of blacksmithing.

the interiors were derived from cutting boards

sliding doors allow customers to step into the glass cabinet

close-up of the interlocking wall display

demonstration table

a cutting board panel can be slotted into the feature wall at any height

the knife on display – a balance between natural and man-made

the town of tsubame-sanjo has over 300 years of history in blacksmithing

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