torafu architects: skydeck for ishinomaki laboratory
torafu architects: skydeck for ishinomaki laboratory torafu architects: skydeck for ishinomaki laboratory
may 03, 2012

torafu architects: skydeck for ishinomaki laboratory

‘skydeck’ by torafu architects for ishinomaki laboratory all photos by fuminari yoshitsugu

‘skydeck’, a small table which is made to hook onto handrails of balconies or lookout points, has been created by japanese firm torafu architects. the functional surface is manufactured by ishinomaki laboratory which was established by designers and other individuals in the japanese city of ishinomaki when it was devastated by the tsunami on march 11, 2011. this collaboration between the initiative and torafu ensures that the portable design is manufactured by the people of this region as a means of supporting the local community while making the product commercially available to the consumer market. made from canadian red cedar, the ‘skydeck’ offers a surface in which to rest your mobile phone or radio, or can act as a counter when you’re out on your balcony enjoying a drink. floating in the air, the ‘skydeck’ stretches a narrow balcony space out past its boundaries, just a little bit further…

the design is easy to transport

‘skydeck’ easily latches onto handrails

up close

‘skydeck’ offers a surface in which to rest your mobile phone or drink when out enjoying a nice day on your balcony


demonstration of use

  • Is it good?

    Steward says:
  • No offence, but it looks like a prototype/testmodel

    not impressed says:
  • am i missing something. or will this thing really tip over as it appears it would? somebody missed something. if this site is recognize good design, it missed the boat on this one i am afraid. time for some one to go back to school
    sorry to be so negative, but this is not good design, kids

    kfvr 3.17.12 says:
  • It’s stable, as long as you tighten the wing-nut holding the arm in place.

    That said, I agree with not impressed.

    RD says:
  • Very nice simple and useful idea

    Kushan says:
  • The idea is good but seems a little gizmo to be carrying it.
    Lack refine the design.

    twitter: @atmosferavital says:
  • Sorry but this is lousy. Nobody is going to carry this or use it. How can they? Its silly and cumbersome. Nobody is going to carry this in already full hands in search of a rail. Dont be ridiculous! A much better, larger and 100% usable design was sold by IKEA 7 years ago and i bought it and still use it. The product ran its course and now is out of the product line. I wish i had bought 10 of them but mine could be reverse engineered and come alive again. Maybe i will.

    charles says:
  • It’s a seesaw on the handrail. No matter how tight the nut is the plank board will still go up and/down. Nice seesaw on a handrail though.

    Nelson d Reyes architect says:

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