Hipster Tokyo real estate company R-Real Estate specializes in “old but attractive edgy spaces.” After consulting in the design of countless remodels, the team founded R-Toolbox, an offshoot business designed to make the move-in process easy by supplying urban denizens with exactly what might they need, whether that’s a hand-forged brass bracket or an entire stainless steel kitchen. Run by a team of eight, including an architect, designer, and craftsman, R-Toolbox offers DIY workshops on shelf-building and other basics in its just-opened Shibuya-ku showroom, and will send over a work crew on request.
“In the mainstream market in Japan, home design solutions tend to be very packaged and homogeneous. But recently there’s a desire for original spaces and craftsmanship,” says the company’s CEO Atsumi. “That’s why we provide the ‘toolbox’ for people to edit their own spaces.” Here’s a small sampling from the R-Toolbox arsenal. American real estate firms, we hope you’re taking notes.
Above: The Minimalist Stainless Steel Sink and Cooktop–”well suited to the rental property”–can be ordered in a range of lengths.
Above: The skinny, stainless steel Mini Kitchen “omits extra things” and is recommended for offices and studio apartments.
Above: R-Toolbox’s Larch Plywood Hanging Cupboard has sliding doors available in six colors and is fitted on the inside with a center shelf. It comes in three sizes, starting at ¥32,000 ($265.78).
Above: The Square Bar cabinet pull, ¥4,968 ($41.26), comes with or without a base plate.
Above: Made by a small factory in Osaka for R-Toolbox, Shelf Brackets are available in two sizes in brass, iron, and three types of stainless steel. These large brass brackets are ¥3,300 ($27.41).
Above: The same Osaka team produces these hand-forged Greedy Towel Racks in two thicknesses and a range of metals; length made to order.
Above: The R-Toolbox offerings extend to wood flooring and tiles. We especially like the salvaged American Gym Flooring with its original colored lines “woven randomly for a fun look.”
Above: A Minimalist Stainless Steel Kitchen. The kitchen is produced by a small metalworks factory. “Our team designed it,” says Atsumi, “and to minimize price, this product is just folded and brushed stainless plates.”
Above: So far, R-Toolbox sells its designs in Japan only, but international shipments are available for certain products, and the company hopes to extend its reach.
For Japanese lighting that we have our eyes on, take a look at Flame by Kenichi Kandatsu, in our post A Japanese Lighting Company Embraces the Dark Side.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 30, 2015.