Travel Archive – A Glimpse of Nagano

In spring 2017, whilst on a holiday in Japan, we took a short detour from the busy cities of Tokyo and Kyoto and made our way to a small quaint town in Nagano. There lies a beautiful self-built cottage, where its design and clever use of space serves its form and function as a respite from everyday city life. Everything in the house was locally sourced and curated thoughtfully with the purpose of creating an intimate space that made it feel like a home away from home.

This home made us disconnect and reconnect with ourselves. Reminding us, what Project Coal is, was and will be.

 " Sanson Terrace " - Formerly a silkworm factory, it was then re-constructed by hand by our host, Daigo, with the help of his father. 

"Sanson Terrace" - Formerly a silkworm factory, it was then re-constructed by hand by our host, Daigo, with the help of his father. 

 The view from inside.

The view from inside.

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 Left: 3 planks of wood supporting the slanting wall of a shed where Daigo does his wood work. Right: A stack of firewood.

Left: 3 planks of wood supporting the slanting wall of a shed where Daigo does his wood work.
Right: A stack of firewood.

 Firewood that kept us warm on chilly nights.

Firewood that kept us warm on chilly nights.

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 Left: A chair salvaged from a local school that closed down. Right: Found object.

Left: A chair salvaged from a local school that closed down.
Right: Found object.

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 Spring in Sakuho, Nagano Prefecture

Spring in Sakuho, Nagano Prefecture

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It was also in this very house that we shot our collection of linen bags –

 The Knot bag.

The Knot bag.

 The Tote and Sling.

The Tote and Sling.

 The Tote II

The Tote II

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