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—01. North Face tents.
—02. A view of the Chichibu mountain range.
—03. Striped wool blankets.


The May edition of Dwell magazine includes an amazing photo essay by Dean Kaufman on the .......Research retreat, two and half hours northwest of Tokyo, in the Chichibu mountain range. The Japanese brand's sanctuary, designed by Shin Ohori of General Design Co. and constructed from locally harvested larch wood, features removable fiberplastic walls and a pair of dome tents which serve as year-round bedrooms. I've heard stories about the place and seen images here and there, but Kaufman's photographs provide a new level of insight.


Reader Comments (8)

What a wonderful merging of light and dark. The possible warmth and comfort of standing walls with the mirage of camp life. I'm coming to wonder if the Japanese are not the most poetic humans on the planet.
May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJRyder
Awesome. Now you guys need to put GR on the top of your list for a feature in Inventory mag
May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSorrybut
^They've been on our wish list since day one! Fingers crossed for a feature down the line.
May 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterSimon Roe
Can't wait !
May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSorrybut
ahhhhhhhhh shit yeaaaaaa. best thing ive seen in weeks
May 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentera
Coolhunter had some other nice photos from a couple years back
May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris M
A few ridiculous indulgences aside, .....Research makes some of the best/most interesting clothing and hardgoods to come out of the Japanese outdoor/american repro craze.
May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam
The climbing wall and the broom/antlers/work gloves: yes.
September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThings Is Cool

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