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May 16, 2022

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Enhancing our Design Process with VR Technology

Ensuring a Smooth Roll-Out via our 3D Data-Capable System

KIKUKAWA, a bespoke metal architect for interiors and exteriors, has initiated the use of virtual reality (VR)* technology in our engineering work. Following are some examples of how we are using VR technology.

■ How KIKUKAWA uses VR technology

Once drawing data, created using 3D-CAD, is loaded into VR software, it creates a three-dimensional construction image. Engineers then wear VR headsets, which allow them to “see” a three-dimensional image. By operating the controller, the engineers can freely move and magnify the construction image, examine it from all angles and verify how products in the drawings will actually look in three-dimensional space. We introduced the VR software in our design work last year, and so far, we have used the technology in four projects for verification at the design stage.

▲Manipulating visual images whilst wearing VR headsets

■ Advantages of VR-Enhanced Design

・Allows to check how a design will actually look once constructed from the eye level, for example how it will look when viewed from below.
・Enables to determine intuitively whether, for areas featuring intricate use of backing frames, stiffeners and panels, it will be possible for workers to gain access and carry out necessary work during installation.
・Reduces the risk of reworking, as it makes it possible to predict potential challenges and problems —which previously could not be discovered until installation.

In the project that was the catalyst for the roll-out of VR technology, the design included an area where multiple metal panels were densely layered in a narrow space (see below). The nature of the design made it challenging to determine, just by looking at the design drawings, whether workers would be able to gain access during construction. As such, we decided to use VR imaging to verify, visually, whether there would be space for hands to fit between the panels. This advanced verification process prevents potential reworking during construction.

▲With standard drawings, the overlapping lines make it difficult to visualise the design in three-dimensional space
▲VR images, seen through a headset, can be manipulated using a controller, which allows verification of a design from the perspective of workers during the installation.

■ Background to VR Roll-Out

KIKUKAWA has introduced the VR software as a verification tool for actual construction, in response to our desire to determine in advance whether it is feasible to install what is designed in our drawings. 

To generate VR images from the design drawing, it is imperative that we create 3D model. KIKUKAWA has already shown itself to be an industry leader in this area, having already put in place a 3D-capable system, and applying 3D-CAD design in multiple projects. As such, we have been able to enjoy a comparatively smooth roll-out of VR technology. 

▲VR headset and controller

■ The Future of VR at Kikukawa

Although the application of VR in KIKUKAWA projects remains on a trial basis at present, our intention is to use this technology in more projects going forward. In December 2021, we held in-house training on VR imaging manipulation for all staff in our design department. As our successes using VR technology continue to accumulate, we will also be looking at expanding its use to other departments such as installation, as well as utilising it in client meetings.

*VR: an abbreviation for virtual reality. Also known as a simulated 3-D environment. VR headsets enable the user to view 360˚ images, giving a sense of actually being in that simulated space. VR is currently used in application across a wide range of fields, including gaming, sports, and medicine.

April 14, 2022

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Second Drop of Finishes Added to the Alumiére® Range

Now available: Luminous aluminium alloy enhanced with gold and special polish finishes

KIKUKAWA, a bespoke metal architect for interiors and exteriors, has developed an additional line-up for our Alumiére® range. This latest line-up features new colours and special polishing effects. Sample boards of these new finishes became available on April 1, 2022.

For the initial Alumiére® line-up, we developed a selection of finish options which made the most of aluminium’s inherent luminosity, with each finish offering a different level and texture of shine. With this second drop, we are adding six new finishes to the range, including gold, which has recently become increasingly popular, and polish effects which emit a seemingly three-dimensional lustre.

KIKUKAWA has developed these new finishes using the know-how on luminous aluminium alloys we were able to cultivate during our work on the exterior panels for the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo. Alumiére® finishes are designed to draw out a variety of additional qualities, including luxuriance, softness, and warmth, to enhance the inherent elegance of aluminium. The finishes are intended to be used to complement a wide range of styles across diverse internal and interior settings.

■Additional Line-up of Alumiére®

① Champagne Gold: A finish with a subtle gloss
② Light Gold: A softly muted golden finish
③ Vivid Gold: A bright golden finish
④ Feather Vibration: A finish with grind marks overlapping like furled feathers
⑤ Scratch Cross HL (Scratch Cross HL): A finish with delicate, diagonally intersecting HL (hairline) grind marks
⑥ Wave HL (Wave HL): A finish with gently curving HL grind marks, inspired by the drape of curtains.
*Please see below for the details of the first release of Alumiére® interior finishes.

■Maximum Workable Sizes for Alumiére®

・Curved panel, 2.0mm thickness: Max. W1150 mm x H4000 mm
・Cut panel, 3.0mm thickness: Max. W1200 mm x H4000 mm
*Alumiére® is a registered trademark of KIKUKAWA.

■Alumiére®: Overview and Features

Each Alumiére® finish is achieved by adding shine and texture to a luminous aluminium alloy base. These finishes make the most of the lightweight feel of aluminium while also drawing out its lustre and brilliance to bring a range of expressions to interior spaces.

◆ A line-up of finishes that draw out the lustre and brilliance of aluminium to create various expressive impressions
◆ Alumiére® finishes boast a brilliant metallic lustre, previously achieved with stainless steel, with lightweight aluminium at just 1/3 of the weight
◆ Clients can create their ideal combinations by freely selecting from the available shine and texture options

■Origin of the Alumiére® Name
KIKUKAWA coined the brand name Alumiére® as a portmanteau of “aluminium” and the French word “lumiére”, meaning “light”. The name is intended to evoke an impression of aluminium reflecting light and shining brilliantly, as well as our hope that we can become one of the lights of hope that illuminate the world.

▲The Alumiére® logo (registered trademark)

■ First Sample Line-up

Our first line-up of Alumiére® finishes was prompted by requests from our clients, who wanted to recreate the brilliant metallic shine of stainless steel with aluminium. In response, we prepared sample boards of six finishes, each with its own unique combination of shine and texture.

① High Bright Silver: Our glossiest finish
② Bright Silver: A high-gloss finish
③ High Bright Hammertone: A finish in which the textural irregularities of the hammered finish create shadow and a three-dimensional effect
④ High Bright PHL (Vibration): A sparkling finish achieved with vibration (delicate, randomly placed grind marks).
⑤ High Bright Silky Blast: A bespoke blasting finish exclusive to KIKUKAWA
(※general alumite (anodized) finish)

▲Sample boards for our initial release of Alumiére® finishes

■Exterior Specifications Line-Up

Our first line-up of Alumiére® finish samples, intended for interior settings, prompted client enquiries about the possibility of using Alumiére® finishes in exterior settings too. In response, we were able to develop an additional line-up of finishes which, with the addition of a composite coating to the first six interior finishes, meet the performance requirements for exterior specifications. These finishes are ideal for use on exterior wall panels, where they will softly reflect the scenery of the surrounding city.

▲ High Bright Silver + Composite coating
Reflection of blue skies and the white of the surrounding buildings on the panel.
▲Bright aluminium alloy panels on the exterior of the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

December 15, 2021

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Exterior Specifications Line-Up Added to Our Alumiére Range of Aluminium Finishes

New Line-up of Exterior Specifications Added to Our Alumiére® Range

Surroundings reflected on the gentle shine of finished aluminium

KIKUKAWA, a bespoke metal architect for interiors and exteriors, added a new line-up of exterior specifications to its Alumiére range on December 1, 2021. The Alumiére range is designed to add shine and texture to luminous aluminium alloys.

In March 2021, KIKUKAWA developed the Alumiére range of gently luminous finishes for aluminium. Initially, the range was launched with a six-strong line-up of finish options, all of which were intended for interior use. Subsequent to launch, we received many enquiries about the possibility of using Alumiére finishes in exterior settings. With the addition of a composite film, we are now able to offer an additional line-up which meets the performance requirements for exterior specifications. In doing so, we hope to better meet our clients’ needs, such as use on exterior wall panels, which enables the surroundings to be reflected on the gentle and characteristic shine of our Alumiére finish.

Features of Alumiére®

◆A line-up of finishes designed to highlight the inherent luminescence and shine of aluminium and to create a wide range of expressions
◆ Achieves a luminescence equivalent to that previously only possible with materials such as stainless steel on aluminium, which is only around 1/3 of the weight
◆ Options for luminescence and texture (hammertone, vibration, Silky Blast®) can be freely combined

Additional Line-up of Alumiére®

(1) Bright Silver (Composite coating)
External specification with a luminescent finish
(2) High Bright Silver (Composite coating)
External specification with our brightest luminescent finish

Maximum Workable Sizes for Alumiére®

Curved panels with a 2.0mm thickness: Max. 1150mm (W) x 4000mm (H)

Cut panels with a 3.0mm thickness: Max. 1200mm (W) x 4000mm (H)

▲ High Bright Silver + Composite coating
Reflection of blue skies and the white of the surrounding buildings on the panel.

Project Gallery: Click here to see some projects that used Bright Dip Anodized

Click here to learn more (Japanese link): https://www.kikukawa.com/citytexture/alumiere/

December 2, 2021

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Launching the KIKUKAWA SDGs

Promoting internal company measures and awareness raising to reduce our environmental impact

KIKUKAWA Kogyo Co., Ltd., a bespoke metal architect for interiors and exteriors, launched a package of measures on October 29, 2021, entitled the KIKUKAWA SDGs. These measures are designed to align with and help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations.

KIKUKAWA has long been engaged in measures to reduce our environmental footprint. In response to the growing awareness of society as a whole in recent years, we decided to mobilize the entire company and adopt a more systematic approach. As such, we have developed a framework for the implementation of a package of measures that we are calling the KIKUKAWA SDGs.

Going forward, as well as taking a company-wide approach to working on specific measures, we will work on raising awareness among our employees by displaying posters in our offices and being open about our performance. In doing so, we aim to continue to be a company that is valued as necessary by society.

■ Overview of the KIKUKAWA SDGs

●Recycling waste materials (paper products, wood waste, waste plastic)
・Sorting waste materials by type to promote material recycling (*1)

●Reducing energy consumption
・Using electric tools instead of pneumatic tools (*2)
・Setting air conditioning at appropriate temperatures (cooling at 28℃, heating at 20℃)

●Reducing purchase of raw materials and secondary materials
・Reducing material loss, using standard components
・Simplifying packing to reduce the use of packing materials

●Raising awareness among staff
・Building awareness through poster displays in our offices 
・Reporting performance at management meetings
・Holding seminars

▲ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to our KIKUKAWA SDGs

*1 Material recycling:
the process of recovering raw materials from product waste in order to reuse them. This kind of recycling is more efficient in reducing environmental footprints than waste-to-energy recycling, in which waste is processed into a fuel source in order to recover its thermal energy.

*2 Pneumatic tools:
Pneumatic tools, or air tools, are driven by compressed air. They are powered by air compressors, which consume high levels of energy, making them less energy efficient than electric tools.

October 4, 2021

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Introducing New Pattern to the Minamo panel®

A more pronounced ripple effect developed in response to customer demand

KIKUKAWA, a bespoke metal architect for interiors and exteriors, added a new pattern to its Minamo panel® range on September 21, 2021. Minamo panels® are mirror-polished stainless steel panels embossed with beautiful rippling patterns, hence the name Minamo, meaning “Water Ripple”.  

KIKUKAWA launched the Minamo panel® range in April 2021 with a line-up of three standard patterns. The range prompted huge interest among customers, thanks to the unique way in which the delicate ripple patterns spread and shimmer across the panels. A number of customers inquired whether the ripple pattern could be made more pronounced, in response to which we have added a new pattern to our standard line-up: P-1 “Seseragi” (meaning “babbling stream”), with more pronounced rippling than our existing patterns.

We are confident that this four-strong line-up will help designers to visualise and make the best choices for their projects. We also expect to see a broadening in the range of designs and projects which feature these beautiful Minamo panels®.

▲P-1 “Seseragi” patterned Minamo panels
Images taken indoors in natural light
▲P-1 “Seseragi” patterned Minamo panels
Images taken indoors in natural light

■ Key Features of Minamo panel

●Material name: Minamo panels® *Registered trademark
●New pattern name: P-1 “Seseragi” (“babbling stream”)
●Material type: SUS304, up to 1.0mm thickness
●Finish: Mirror polished finish (other finishes possible, e.g. HL)
●Panel dimensions: max. W1500㎜x H3000㎜ (larger panels negotiable)

➢Panels can be custom-made, with the size, spacing, and depth of the ripple pattern tailored to requirements
➢In addition to standard size panels, Minamo panels can be adapted for diverse installations and shapes

▲Comparison with existing standard Minamo panel patterns
(Images taken outdoors with panels reflecting the sky)
From left to right: R-1 “Odayaka”, R-2 “Yuragi”, R-3”Sazanami”, P-1 “Seseragi”
▲Comparison with existing standard Minamo panel patterns
(Images taken outdoors with panels reflecting the sky)
From left to right: R-1 “Odayaka”, R-2 “Yuragi”, R-3”Sazanami”, P-1 “Seseragi

Click here to download the brochure ( R-1 “Odayaka”, R-2 “Yuragi”, R-3”Sazanami )

Project Gallery: Click here to see some projects that used Minamo Panels (Water Ripple Panels)

July 27, 2021

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New Product Launch- Silky Blast Gradation Added to the Silky Blast® Line-Up

Silky Blast Gradation is a new addition to the Silky Blast® series of bead blasting* finishes exclusively from KIKUKAWA, a high-end metal fabrication specialist in interior and exterior building projects. Silky Blast Gradation was added to the series on June 21st 2021.

Silky Blast Gradation is a finish that achieves a beautiful gradation through the careful and gradual adjustment of blast intensity. Gradual changes to the coarseness of the blast medium make it possible to achieve a shifting reflective effect through a soft sheen.

At KIKUKAWA, we understand the increased demand from clients for diverse finishes with subtle sheens and the move away from uniform finishes. We hope that the Silky Blast Gradation finish will expand the range of choices available to designers and, going forward, to have increasing numbers of clients choose this finish for their interior and exterior stainless steel projects.

*Bead blasting: a surface treatment that creates a satin-like texture by propelling blast media onto the surface of sheets or products.

■ Key Features of Silky Blast Gradation

・A delicate gradation that can achieve everything between a mirror-like shine and the soft sheen of frosted glass.
・Achieve luxurious ambience through a metallic finish unique to stainless steel
・Blast gradation creates a feeling of reflections moving across each panel
・As well as achieving gradation across a single panel, we can achieve gradation effects where gradation changes by panel (see below)

■ Overview of Silky Blast Gradation

・Material name: Silky Blast Gradation (Silky Blast® is a registered trademark of KIKUKAWA.)
・Grade / Finish: SUS304, plate thickness min. 0.5mm, Silky Blast finish
・Panel size: Max. W1200mm by H4000mm (Contact us to discuss areas greater than this size)

Click here to download the brochure

Click here to find out more about Bead Blasting (Silky Blast)

Click here to learn more (Japanese link):
https://www.kikukawa.com/citytexture/silky-blast-gradation/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2021.6.29 Kikukawa News Release (silky-blast-gradation)

April 21, 2021

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Bespoke Chair Collaboration #3 with Toshiki Omatsu

April 21, 2021 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, fabricated a bespoke aluminium chair entitled ‘Shades of “X”’ in collaboration with designer Toshiki Omatsu*, also known as a lecturer of the prominent Kuwasawa Design School. The chair takes full advantage of Kikukawa’s dual curving technology and the seat can be detached from its mounting. The project was funded by Kuwasawa Design School’s 2020 subsidy for its lecturers.

Click here to find out more about Kikukawa’s dual curving technology

Click here for the newsletter in PDF (Japanese):
2021.04.21 Kikukawa News Release (Shades of X)

March 31, 2021

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Expanding the Water Ripple Panel Series

March 31, 2021 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, launched an expansion to the Water Ripple Panel series. The variation stems from the frequency and depth of the ripple pattern.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2021.03.31 Kikukawa News Release (Water Ripple Panel Series Expansion)

Project Gallery: Click here to see some projects that used Minamo Panels (Water Ripple Panels)

March 17, 2021

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Release of ‘Alumiere’, a New Line of Aluminium Finish Samples

March 17, 2021 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has developed and released a new line of aluminium finishes which are now available as a sample book, ‘Alumiere’.

For more information on the aluminium finish sample book:
https://www.kikukawa.com/en/materials-and-brochures/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2021.03.17 Kikukawa News Release – Alumiere

March 9, 2021

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Launch of Expanded Metal Ceiling, an Expansion to KCT01

March 9, 2021 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, launched an expansion to the first product of Kikukawa City Texture (KCT) series, a line of semi-bespoke metal architectural products. The very first KCT series, KCT01 Expanded Metal, is now available as a ceiling.

Click here to view the expanded metal finish sample (bottom of the page):
Kikukawa’s Finish Samples -Aluminium

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.2.27 Kikukawa News Release (KCT01 Expanded Metal Ceiling)

February 3, 2021

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Punching Wave (Perforated Corrugated Panel), KCT04

February 3, 2021 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, launched the fourth Kikukawa City Texture (KCT) series, a line of semi-bespoke metal architectural products. Added to the series are perforated and corrugated stainless steel panels, Punching Wave.

Click here to learn more (Japanese link):
https://www.citytexture.com/kenzai-pro/punching-wave/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2021.02.3 Kikukawa News Release – KCT04, Punching Wave (Perforated Corrugated Panel)

December 3, 2020

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Bullet Train Upcycled as Interior Decorations for a Mall, Tokyo Gift Palette

December 3rd, 2020 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the newsletter-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker announced its involvement with the upcycling of 700 series Shinkansen (bullet trains) to building materials for Tokyo Gift Palette, a shopping mall that opened in August at Tokyo Station’s Yaesu North Gate. This upcycling attempt is the first in the history of recycling Shinkansen cars, given its difficulty to separate the material from other layers such as paint or sound insulation materials.

Click here for the newsletter / press release in PDF (Japanese):
2020.12.3 Kikukawa Newsletter (Bullet Train to Column Covers)

700 Series 'Platypus' Bullet Train
The upcycled material was dismantled from 700 Series ‘Platypus’ bullet train
700 series Bullet Train was upcycled into the interior decorations of Tokyo Gift Palette
The upcycled 700 series bullet train aluminium was installed as interior decorations of Tokyo Gift Palette

November 17, 2020

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Release of Metal Craft Video ~ FSW ~

November 17, 2020 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, announced that it has released a video on FSW, friction-stir welding. FSW is one of the cutting-edge metal crafting technologies that enhance Kikukawa’s abilities to craft oversized architectural metal claddings by welding metals with minimal weld marks.

Click here to watch the video

Click here to learn more about FSW (Friction Stir Welding)

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese)

November 10, 2020

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Satellite Office for Tokyo Headquarters Opens

Nov 10, 2020 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the news release-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker announced that its expansion project for the Tokyo Office is complete. The new area built on the first floor is named the Satellite Office.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese)

Tokyo Office
Tokyo Office
A close-up of the newly built, Satellite Office
A close-up of the newly built, Satellite Office
Inside the Satellite Office, the meeting area
Inside the Satellite Office, the meeting area
Satellite office, the lounge area
Satellite office, the lounge area

July 28, 2020

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Release of Metal Craft Video ~ 8-meter Bender ~

July 28, 2020 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, announced that it has released a video on one of its metal crafting technology, 8-meter bending machine. This video is only available in Japanese, however, it shows the machine in action and Kikukawa’s craftsmanship in ensuring the quality and precision in bending.

Click here to watch the video

Click here to learn more about 8-meter bender

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese)

June 5, 2020

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New Web Services for KCT

June 5, 2020 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the press release-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker, announced that online services for KCT Metals, the semi-bespoke architectural metal material department, are now available.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2020.6.5 Kikukawa News Release (Web Communication)

May 26, 2020

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Release of Metal Craft Video ~ Fibre Laser Welding ~

May 26, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, announced that it will release a video of one of its metal crafting technology, fibre laser welding. This video is only available in Japanese, however, it shows the machine in action and displays samples that highlight the benefits of this technology.

Click here to watch the video

Click here to learn more about fibre laser welding

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese)

April 30, 2020

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Fabricating a Bespoke Chair with Kuwasawa Design School Lecturer

April 30, 2020 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, fabricated a bespoke chair entitled ‘Shades of Brunelleschi’ in collaboration with designer Toshiki Omatsu*. The project required experimentation, and its success relied on the use of fibre laser welding technology.

Click here to find out more about fibre laser welding technology

Click here for the newsletter in PDF (Japanese):
2020.4.30 Kikukawa News Release (Fibre Laser Welded Chair)

*Toshiki Omatsu is a lecturer from the renowned Kuwasawa Design School. He also owns his own architectural design office, Toshiki Omatsu Atelier.
Click here to learn more about Toshiki Omatsu

Front view of the chair, Shades of Brunelleschi
Front view of the chair, Shades of Brunelleschi

February 13, 2020

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25th Chiba Genki Award, Honourable Mention for Exceptional Technology

February 13th, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the release-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker, will receive the honourable mention award in the exceptional technology area for the 25th Annual Chiba Genki Company Award. This is a series of awards rewarded to companies with innovative technology or management within the Chiba prefecture. Roughly 70 companies applied, and 10 including Kikukawa received the award.
Noted technology includes Kikukawa’s KCT (Kikukawa City Texture) series, a line of semi-bespoke architectural products, and the ‘Invisible Access Panel System’.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese)

Click here for more information on the ‘Invisible Access Panel System’

November 19, 2019

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Kikukawa Celebrates 86th Anniversary

November 19, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, celebrated its 86th anniversary in business on November 1st, 2019. During the celebratory ceremony, Kikukawa commended workers with outstanding results on the new personnel evaluation system, challenge system.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.11.19 Kikukawa News Release(86 anniversary)

September 18, 2019

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Pritzker Prize Special Exhibition at ‘Studio K+’

September 18, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the release-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker, announced that a special exhibition on Kikukawa and Pritzker Prize-winning architects are now available at Kikukawa’s new sample showroom, ‘Studio K+’. This exhibition is to commemorate 50 groups of visitations to ‘Studio K+’ since its opening in April.
Mini-cymbals were also newly added to the ‘metalcraft experience booth’ for visitors.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
20190918 News Release (Studio K+ Pritzker Exhibit, Mini Cymbal)

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August 27, 2019

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Installation of Lithuanian Project

August 27, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the newsletter-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker has announced that it has installed outsized mirror-polished stainless steel for a Lithuanian project, ‘Boksto 6’. The panels total to 450㎡, and two installation advisors from Kikukawa traveled to the site to oversee the process. This is considered to be the first time a Japanese metal construction company takes on such efforts in Lithuania.

Click here for the newsletter in PDF (Japanese):
2019.08.27 Kikukawa News Release (Installation of Lithuanian Project)

For more pictures on the fabrication process of the mirror-polished stainless steel panels, click here

For more information on Kikukawa’s oversea projects, click here

August 20, 2019

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Kikukawa Projects Receive the 60th BCS Prize

August 20, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the newsletter-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker participated in two projects amongst the 15 projects that received the 60th BCS prize*. The winning projects are ‘Tokyo Midtown Hibiya’ and ‘Akasaka Intercity AIR’. As metal-craftsmen and engineers, Kikukawa worked closely with the projects’ architects, contractors, and other suppliers to ensure that the design intent was delivered.

*BCS prize was founded in 1960 by the Building Contractors Society (BCS) to recognize excellent buildings of the year.
To find out more about the BCS Prize, click here (external link)

To find out more about Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, click here

To find out more about Akasaka Intercity AIR, click here

Click here for the newsletter in PDF (Japanese):
2019.08.20 Kikukawa News Release (60th BCS Prize)

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July 23, 2019

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Fan-cooled Workwear Supplied to Installation Craftsmen

July 23, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that a ceremony has taken place on 18th of July to supply 80 sets of full-body harness fan-cooled workwear to its installation craftsmen within Kikuwa-kai*. These full-body harness fan-cooled workwear will improve the working conditions of our installation workers and improve the efficiency on-site.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.07.23 Kikukawa News Release (fan-cooled workwear)

*Kikuwa-kai: A group of craftsmen or companies in partnership with Kikukawa.

June 18, 2019

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Dual-curve Metalforming Automation Technology Research Reaches a Milestone

June 18, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that the government subsidy period has concluded for the research on automating dieless dual-curved metal forming technology. With this milestone, Kikukawa reported the summary of the progress to the government on the 31st of May, 2019.
The subsidy began in 2016, as collaborative research with Fukui University to establish a process that would allow the accommodation of a wide variety of small lot custom-made outsized or complex architectural metal products.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.06.18 Kikukawa News Release (dual curve metalworking research final report)

June 4, 2019

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Kikukawa and Arata Isozaki
Following Isozaki’s Receipt of the Pritzker Prize

June 4, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has compiled projects that were built in collaboration with Isozaki Arata, following his receipt of Pritzker Prize 2019. Projects introduced include Art Tower Mito, Oita Prefectural Library, Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center “Granship”, and “Ujian” of Gotenyama Garden.

To find out more about Art Tower Mito, click here

Click here for the newsletter in PDF (Japanese):
2019.06.04 Kikukawa News Letter (Isozaki Arata wins Pritzker Award, Art Tower Mito)

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May 22, 2019

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Collaboration with Designer Toshiki Omatsu

May 22, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has fabricated a chair entitled ‘Shades of Michelangelo (MIC)’ in collaboration with designer, Toshiki Omatsu. The back plate of the chair is formed with incremental forming, which is typically reserved for architectural facades.

To find out more about incremental forming, click here

Click here for the newsletter in PDF (Japanese):
2019.05.22 Kikukawa News Letter (Kuwasawa Design School, Incremental Forming Chair)

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April 10, 2019

Release

Sample Showroom, Studio K+ Opens

April 3, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced the opening of its first sample showroom, Studio K+, in its factory in Chiba. The showroom allows guests to observe, touch and experience Kikukawa’s metalworking technologies, such as its Tsuchime finish.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.04.10 Kikukawa News Release (Studio K+ Opens)

February 27, 2019

Release

Launch of Round Column Cover, KCT02

February 27, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced the launch of the second Kikukawa City Texture (KCT) series, a line of semi-bespoke metal architectural products. Added to the series is the round column cover.

Click here to view the round column cover sample book (bottom of the page):
Kikukawa’s Finish Samples – Stainless Steel

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.2.27 Kikukawa News Release (KCT02 Round column cover)

Click here for the press release on KCT Series in PDF (Japanese):
2018.05.15 Kikukawa News Release KCT Series

January 31, 2019

Release

R Aircon certified by Chiba Prefectural Government

January 31, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that its “R Aircon” has received certification (Chiba Monozukuri Seihin) from the Chiba prefectural government.
Chiba Monozukuri Seihin certification is given to original or excellent products that were developed and produced in Chiba. The certified products will be supported by the government in sales.

Click here to find out more about Chiba monodukuri seihin certification (Japanese)

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.1.31 Kikukawa News Release(Chiba Monodukuri Seihin)

January 29, 2019

Release

Launch of Invisible Access Panel System

January 29, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that its original “invisible access panel system” is now available for purchase.

To view the brochure, click here:
https://www.kikukawa.com/en/materials-and-brochures/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.1.29 Kikukawa News Release(Invisible-access-panel)

December 4, 2018

Release

Renovation of Employee Residence

December 4, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, announced that the renovation for its employee residence, Alvis Kikukawa, was completed on November 10th, 2018. This residence will be occupied by Vietnamese trainees as well as employees to foster and improve employee engagement and satisfaction.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.12.04 Kikukawa News Release(ALVIS-KIKUKAWA)

November 20, 2018

Release

President will Lecture at a Seminar

November 19, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that their company president will be lecturing at a seminar conducted by Chiba Industry Advancement Center. The lecture will take place on November 27th, 2018.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.11.20 Kikukawa News Release (President Lecture)

November 7, 2018

Release

Kikukawa Celebrates 85th Anniversary

November 7, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, celebrates its 85th anniversary in business on November 1st, 2018. Looking ahead, Kikukawa plans to expand and diversify its business to adapt to the changing market.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.09.04 Kikukawa News Release(85 anniversary)

September 19, 2018

Release

Installation of High-Efficiency AC with Gov’t Subsidy

September 19, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, was selected as a government subsidized company by the Sustainable open Innovation Initiative (SSI), to continue its efforts in replacing the AC system to high-efficiency models, to promote sustainability, to improve the work environment and for higher productivity.

For more information on the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry funded subsidy implemented by SSI, click here (Japanese website):
https://sii.or.jp/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.09.19 Kikukawa News Release (High efficiency AC with gvt funding)

September 4, 2018

Release

“R Air-con” at Medical Devices & Hospital Equipment Expo

September 4, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, will be participating in the “1st Medical Devices & Hospital Equipment Expo” with the radiant HVAC system, “R Air-con”. The exhibit will be available from September 12th to 14th.

For more information on R Air-con:
https://www.kikukawa.com/en/ecosia-and-green-products/

For more information on the expo:
http://www.medicaltokyo.jp/en/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.09.04 Kikukawa News Release(R-air-con_EXPO-exhibition)

August 28, 2018

Release

Subsidized Research of Magnesium and Aluminium Welding Technology

August 28, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, was selected as a government subsidized company by the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency to continue its research on FSW (Friction Stir Welding) of dissimilar metals, aluminium and magnesium.

For more information on FSW (Friction Stir Welding):
https://www.kikukawa.com/en/technology/friction-stir-welding/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.08.28 Kikukawa News Release (FSW Magnesium and Aluminium)

August 21, 2018

Release

New Aluminium Finish Sample Book

August 21, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has developed new finishes for its very first aluminium finish sample book. Available for purchase and review.

For more information on the aluminium finish sample book:
https://www.kikukawa.com/en/materials-and-brochures/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.08.21 Kikukawa News Release Aluminium Finish Sample Book

July 13, 2018

Release

Development of “Rattan”, Perforated Expanded Metal

July 13, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has developed a new sample book featuring perforated expanded metal, as an addition to Kikukawa’s various louver options. It will become available for purchase on July 20th, 2018.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.07.13 Kikukawa News Release Development of “Rattan”, Perforated Expanded Metal

June 6, 2018

Release

New Project Team for Renovation Projects

June 6, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that a new project team has been launched for renovation projects in Japan, in response to the expected increase in demand in such projects post 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.06.06Kikukawa News Release Renewal(PJ3)

May 25, 2018

Release

R Air-con for Healthcare Facilities

May 25, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that its radiant HVAC system “R Air-con” will become available for purchase to end-users such as healthcare facilities or clinics this  May. The product has been improved since its launch last July, and the results are summarized into a Japanese catalogue below.

Click here for the catalogue in PDF (Japanese):
Kikukawa Catalogue: R Air-con for Healthcare Facilities

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.05.25 Kikukawa News Release R Air-con for Healthcare Facilities

May 15, 2018

Release

Launch of KCT Series

May 15, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced the launch of Kikukawa City Texture (KCT) series, a line of semi-bespoke metal architectural products. The first of its kind is Expanded Metal – as introduced in the catalogue below.

Click here for the Expanded Metal catalogue in PDF (Japanese):
https://www.kikukawa.com/pdf/product/kct01_expanded-metal.pdf

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.05.15 Kikukawa News Release KCT Series

April 12, 2018

Release

Lecture at Japan International Welding Show 2018

April 12, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that its employee will be lecturing at the laser processing forum of Japan International Welding Show 2018. The lecture will be focusing on Kikukawa’s welding technology, including FSW (Friction Stir Welding) and fiber laser welding.

For more information on Japan International Welding Show 2018:
https://weldingshow.jp/en/

For more information on Kikukawa’s welding technology:
Kikukawa’s Metal-crafting Technology

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.04.12 Kikukawa News Release. Lecture at International Welding Show 2018

March 30, 2018

Release

Light Station Receives “Most Resilient Award”

March 30, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that its City Connect “Light Station”,  a solar-powered LED street light with a phone charging station and an optional informational board, was awarded the Most Resilient Award 2018 in the energy section. The Association for Resilience Japan hosts the Japan Resilience Award every year to recognize firms and groups that have developed, produced or were actively involved in building a more resilient society.

For more information on “Light Station”:
Link to “ecosia and Green Products”

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.03.30 Kikukawa News Release Resilience

March 8, 2018

Release

Development of Tsuchime (Hammertone) Finish

March 8, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that it has developed a new finish, Tsuchime (Hammertone). To accompany this development, a new sample book has been released.

Click here for more information on Tsuchime (Hammertone) finish

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.03.08 Kikukawa News Release. Tsuchime (Hammertone)

February 28, 2018

Release

Launch of “city texture”

February 28, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced the launch of “city texture”, a website dedicated to Kikukawa’s environmental products. This website, link below, is only available in Japanese.

Click here to jump to city texture

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.02.28 Kikukawa News Release. Launch of city texture

February 16, 2018

Release

Installation of “Light Station”

February 16, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that the solar LED street light, City Connect “Light Station”, has been installed in 6 locations within Tokyo since its release in July 2017. This is an independently sourced solar powered street light with a phone charging station.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.02.16 Kikukawa news release light station installed

December 13, 2017

Release

Product Release: Solar Powered LED Street Light “ecoAvenue LITE”

December 13, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that a new solar-powered LED street light “ecoAvenue LITE” will be available from January 2018. The streamlined design makes this model affordable while maintaining the functionality of the “ecoAvenue series”, Kikukawa’s line of solar-powered LED street light.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2017.12.13 Kikukawa news release ecoAvenue lite

October 24, 2017

Release

Selected as a Government Subsidized Company to Promote Green HVAC System, “R Air-con”

November 24, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, was selected as a government subsidized company, by the Ministry of the Environment, as part of a project that aims to accelerate the adoption of L2-Tech (Leading Low carbon) technology. The selected product, radiant HVAC system “R Air-con”, was released this summer. With this selection, Kikukawa will collect additional verifying data and continue its work to improve the product.

For more information on “R Air-con”:
http://www.kikukawa.com/en/ecosia-and-green-products/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2017.10.24 Kikukawa news release l2tech

July 2, 2017

Release

Product Release: City Connect “Light Station”

July 3, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that a new solar LED street light, City Connect “Light Station”, will be available from July 2017. This is an independently sourced solar powered street light with a phone charging station. An informational board can be added as an option.

For more information on “Light Station”:
Link to “ecosia and Green Products”

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2017.07.03 KIKUKAWA News Release Light Station

June 26, 2017

Release

Product Release: “R Air-con” Radiant HVAC System

June 26, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker has announced the launch of a new product, “R Air-con”. The radiant HVAC system will be available for purchase in July.

For more information on “R Air-con”:
Link to “ecosia and Green Products”

Click here to download the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2017.06.26 KIKUKAWA NewsRelease R Air-con

April 18, 2017

Release

Collaboration Research Project Launches

April 18, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release –
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker has announced the launch of a metalworking research project in collaboration with METI (Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade, and Industry – a regional branch of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and Fukui University. This research hopes to establish an automated dieless 3D metal forming technology that could fabricate a wide variety of small lot custom-made large sized metal products.

Click here for the PDF version (Japanese):
2017.04.18 KIKUKAWA News Release 3D Metal Forming Research Project Launches

March 22, 2017

Release

“Custom Metalwork” Service Begins

March 22, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker has announced the start of “Custom Metalwork” services. This service opens our metalwork such as cutting, bending and welding to customers outside the realm of architecture.

For more information on Custom Metalwork:
Link to Custom Metalwork

Click here for the PDF version (Japanese):
2017.03.22 KIKUKAWA News Release, Custom Metalwork