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2. No need to destroy it anymore /
The story of the Traveling KOPPA

 

This is the story of how the Traveling KOPPA display furniture came to be. The main feature is that it can be carried around in a suitcase. We put it together ourselves, set it up, put it back in the suitcase, then travel together again. We don’t need to destroy it anymore. And we can fix it if it breaks. "We want to keep traveling with it for a very long time," says Nobu.

Nobu:
Display furniture is usually put together directly at the exhibition site and destroyed when the exhibition is done. I felt a sense of pride by being able to bring our display furniture to the location, put it together on site, then take it back home.
It was also interesting to see the reactions from other team members. When we brought it in a suitcase to the venue in Las Vegas, the US team members asked us if we brought it from Japan. They were really curious about it. They asked us questions like, if we assembled the pieces on our own and if we will take it back to Japan. Once I shared the story of the Travelling KOPPA, it became very clear to them. Without explaining it through the lens of the environment, the product already triggered such a fun and spontaneous conversation.

Rita:
They also asked me if we plan to take it back to Japan although it’s not our product.

Nobu:
It’s a new concept for the team to travel with display furniture, so we always get asked why we’re doing it.

Rita:
In the past, our products had been the focal point of our exhibitions. This year, however, focusing on experience and creating space became very important to us as well. Traveling KOPPA always added a positive addition and somehow fit right in with the venue and brought out the good in our products.

Nobu:
Every year, hundreds of customers visit our exhibition and many commented that it looks completely different this year. Hearing that was the best compliment we could get.  

 

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KOPPA Team Profile

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Tamotsu Ito

Architect/Principal of "tamotsu ito architecture office". While devoting himself to architectural design, Tamotsu was also engaged in teaching architectural design in the US and at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich). He started KOPPA with the aim to work seamlessly in various scales, such as urban projects, architecture, furniture and interior design.

 

Moe Donaka

She’s the KOPPA team’s organizational lead and belongs to the "Arts & Crafts" design office. As the manager at R real Osaka Estate, she also works as a broker, plans renovations, and handles public relations. A lot of the KOPPA team members have met through Moe's wide network.

 

Shota Nozaki

Carpenter/Artist. From interior design to art events, he has a knack for creating. He’s in charge of production at KOPPA. Shota is also a representative of the architectural group "noma”. As a member of "Maeda Bunka (*), he has performance activities while demolishing buildings. He met Tamotsu through Moe.
*Proposes and practices various ways to utilize "Bunkajutaku” (old semi-western style houses) in Ibaraki city, Osaka.


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Kazuaki Uemura

Carpenter in the daytime / bartender at night. While working on construction sites with Shokichi, he learned how to cut and connect wood and is now a member of KOPPA. One of Moe's previous colleagues was a regular at his bar “inspire” at Ohatsu Tenjin, which is how they met.

 

Syu Ohki

Representative of the Institute of Life Engineering Design and is both a researcher of livelihood and carpenter. He became a member of KOPPA through his connection with Shokichi. He wasn’t able to be at this interview because he had to work on site that day.

 

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