Francisco Martinez - Architect in Tokyo

Francisco Martinez

I'm an architect in Tokyo, Japan

Available for contracts

I speak English, Japanese, and Spanish

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My activity

About me

I'm an architect from Mexico enjoying countryside living and woodworking as a lifestyle. I love design and I'm particulary driven by the process of making. Currently working on my personal order-made furniture brand, hosting woodwork sessions, farming and running a b&b in my house.
I've set my workshop in the Saitama's suburns with available space for other craftspeople to share and collaborate. Looking forward to your visit!

My Creations

  1. 1:2 wooden rack prototype.
    - reclaimed wood, free joinery -
    Process and workshop:

  2. joinery study T01

    13 November 2015

    - For Taburete series assembled with free joinery, no nails, screws or bond.

  3. Taburete Alto 2.0

    20 November 2015

    Prototype 2.0 - Taburete series, reclaimed wood assembled with free joinery, no nails, screws or bond. - Process and workshop:

  4. joinery study BF01

    20 November 2015

    - For Burro Flaco series assembled with free joinery, no nails, screws or bond.
    > in process:

  5. Turning a storage room into a personal workspace, featuring handmade
    Process and workshop:

  6. Seal making ・印鑑作り

    7 December 2015
  7. joinery study TC01

    21 December 2015

    - joinery for a kitchen counter / table ‪featuring a sink.

  8. Kitchen counter / table

    21 December 2015

    As part of a refurbishment project, Kitchen counter / table made out of bonded reclaimed floorboards, mortise and tenon assembled.
    - process and workshop:

  9. LDK, house refurbishment.

    21 December 2015

    Joining two rooms to create a open space featuring a 3tms sink counter-table working as a pivot element to all activities. ( table high 750 )
    The floor is lower in the kitchen area for the confortable use of the sink and counter during food preparation. ( step -150, counter... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  10. Mud, reeds and community

    8 January 2016

    My last project in Mexico before moving to Japan. This is the most rewarding work I've done and it made the perfect goodbye memory for me and my family. ( you can see the three of us in one of the photos the day before our flight )

    Designed to... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  11. Us over there...

    8 January 2016

    Experimenting with E-M10 OLYMPUS, M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ

  12. Captured my son in mid September, not particularly praying for a good harvest, but rolling up something... took the opportunity for this composition.

  13. Test flight I

    18 January 2016

    Capturing some colours at sunrise before a test flight on hot air balloon. Watarase Lake. Jan.2016

  14. Test flight II

    18 January 2016

    Capturing some colours at sunrise before a test flight on hot air balloon. Watarase Lake. Jan.2016

  15. Test flight III

    18 January 2016

    Mont Tsukuba at sunrise on hot air balloon overflying Watarase Lake. Jan.2016

  16. Artisan's best friend.
    Material: One solid piece of Canadian pine. Size: 100x65x45
    Mechanism versions: Flat headed allen key screw and Stainless steel screw with grip knob. < Available for DIY work sessions >
    Process and workshop:

  17. Sola teaser clip

    5 February 2016

    Teaser clip for Sola, hot air ballon flights and lodge base at Watarase Lake. Saitama's adjoined office powered by Patio.workshop. -come fly with us !
    - Taken with an Olympus OM-D 10.

  18. Shinkansen

    24 April 2016

    Shinkansen, just caught this old friend when passing by my workshop.
    Taken at 18:00 with an E-M10 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 E - ISO 200, 42mm, -0.7 ev, ƒ/8, 1/160.

  19. Joinery workshop.001

    25 April 2016

    Work session series on woodworking free joinery - no nails or bonding -
    Come along and enjoy a hands-on day tour on machinery and hand tools to build one of my prototypes. Dates can be opened on demand or own projects work sessions can be arrange. Open for frienly visits... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  20. Koemon paddy fields

    2 May 2016

    The flooding has just started and the neighbouring sight inspiring, at Patio.workshop. - best season for a visit.

  21. - Coming up "Chopstick DIY makers set ! ・DIY箸を作りセット
    > Soon available for orders and work sessions.
    Prototyping workshop:

  22. Experimenting with sunset light on an Olympus E-M10 / Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
    Sunset at Patio.workshop, Koemon, Saitama.

  23. Experimenting with sunset light on an Olympus E-M10 / Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
    Sunset at Patio.workshop, Koemon, Saitama.

  24. Right from my vegetables garden, courgette flower quesadillas on handmade tortillas, house version of a typical recipe from Mexico.
    Quesadilla: Queso ( cheese ) on Tortilla ( flat flour bread )

  25. SOLA.ballooning a young hot air balloon tour company in my neighbourhood invited me to collaborate as host, crew member and might be as pilot one day ! Ending up in a great friendship and business relationship. Lately we launched the logo I've designed along with video and photos for his... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  26. 継手 TSUGITE joinery
    I'll be periodically publishing spec sheets on tradicional wooden joinery and Japanese word and meaning to build a concise catalogue on my FB page, hoping that enthusiast will join and we can exchange footage, comments and learn.

  27. Air Chamber Drawers

    28 December 2016

    Air chamber mechanism on a chest of drawers made of paulownia wood (桐 kiri ). The very tight fit and the interconnection of the individual chambers allow the drawers to be open or close by pulling and pushing air
    - Work on this project is in its final state, field... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  28. 桐箪笥・Paulownia Chest

    7 February 2017

    It took me about 4 months to design and handmade this piece, it's made of the famous Kiri-wood (Paulownia) used in traditional Japanese drawers chest. For this piece I replaced the large drawers for a system of stackable inner boxes for shelfs and incorporate paper sliding door taking elements from... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  29. joinery study 17.002

    15 March 2017

    This study is for a table I've been commissioned with the aim to make a sturdy joint free of screws or adhesives and easy to disassemble.

    I've made a first rough prototype to evaluate performance and average weight of the entire piece.
    Prototype and process album:

  30. I've designed a brand/logo for each project branch at my workshop and I'm ready to print them on aprons and t-shirts
    - Does anybody has experience at silk-screen printing and is willing to teach and workshop with me? If you also have something to print, it will be great, I'll... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  31. I've got the commission to design a wooden furniture set for an architectural studio in Shinjuku (eleventh floor) that could be easily disassemble, light to move around and with the particular feature of a 3m long top desk without middle leg to allow 3 users at a time
    I designed... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  32. Sturdy Table

    11 May 2017

    This 90kg table is made of hard Cypres wood (hinoki 桧) on the traditional technique of Tsugite 継手 witch do not make use of nails, screws or any bonding material for any of its joins. It was made with hand tools and assemble on site. It can be easily disassemble... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  33. Taburete Largo 3.0

    26 June 2017

    Taburete series, reclaimed wood handcrafted following the technique of free joinery, no nails, screws or bond. ( sashimono 指物 )
    - Process and workshop:

  34. Koemon fields

    26 June 2017

    We are lucky to have the sun setting on the shinkansen bridge in front of the workshop and in this particular season, there are daily chances for catching the fiery sky over the fields.

  35. The greenest season of the year, pink hue.

  36. Spear case 槍桐箱

    19 July 2017
    Spear case 槍桐箱

    Commission of a display case for an ancient spear. Wood and technique: Paulownia 桐, handcrafted hidden joints. Features: sliding lid, hand carved crest on lid. Interes...

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  37. Yumi's new sink

    12 September 2017

    Legged wooden base for ceramic basin made of Japanese Cypress (桧 hinoki).
    Technique: Mortise and tenon, hand crafted free joinery.
    Fixtures: Ceramic basing, mirror stand (桐 kiri) Paulownia wood, wall mounted lamp, hidden switch.

    Process and workshop:

  38. 001.Genkan bench

    26 September 2017
    001.Genkan bench

     Created for the new season of one-day furniture workshops.Material: Single 105x105 Cypress 桧 structural beam.Tools: Hand saw and chiselsTechnique: Free joinery, no gl...

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  39. Minakami, Oze, Nikko

    15 October 2017
    Minakami, Oze, Nikko

    Hiking weekend with my family, overwhelming mountain sights. Highly recommended destinations.You're welcome to see the trip's album:

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  40. LOCALE twin benches

    7 November 2017
    LOCALE twin benches

    Dining benches for LOCALE restaurant, Meguro, Tokyo. The leg's structure and the poles of the backrest are made out of a solid piece of Ash wood and crafted into hexad...

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  41. Grass race

    10 December 2017
    Grass race

    Sunrise with my son waiting for the briefing to start at our local ballooning rally. Grass Race 2017 at Watarase Lake, Saitama. Welcome to visit the photo album or may...

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  42. First white of H30

    23 January 2018
    First white of H30

    A first-light glimpse of my workshop on the first snow of the year, just before engaging on unburying the truck and scooping paths. Fire on the stove and Iron-pot coffee.

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  43. Straylight worktable

    5 June 2018
    Straylight worktable

    Free assembled joinery, no nails, 3mts table for Straylight's Tokyo office. I've turned a single 200 years old Elm/RedAsh raw wood plank into a tall worktable. I had t...

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  44. Shelf / desk

    17 September 2018
    Shelf / desk

    This project was originally designed for a workshop session, then evolved into a tight budget request. Demountable desktop on shelf units made of hard and heavy compos...

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  45. 親指 Oyayubi bench

    12 December 2018
    親指 Oyayubi bench

    This is an orphan bench from the original LOCALE twin benches, the third of the series with some small changes in size and the entire surface hand-carved in a pattern ...

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  46. Podium

    18 October 2019

    Prototyping a crafty podium for a collector's piece in Paulownia wood 桐.

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  47. Tray

    5 November 2019

    Hand-carved tray from a solid wooden block. I've got inspired by items found in an antique/flea market and figured this could be one day a good catch and bring joy to ...

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  48. live edge low table

    23 March 2020
    live edge low table

    Wood: walnut legs / birch top, Joinery: mortise and exposed tenon

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  49. woodturning

    23 March 2020

    Recently I've upgraded my workshop adding a lathe and have being exercising since. I have a policy of not disrespecting wood by discarding it, wood will never be waste...

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  50. Artisan's stool

    1 June 2020
    Artisan's stool

    Sturdy and heavy, naive looking* stool, low backrest, easy to pick up and move around for the active sitter. - I rather avoid painting or covering raw materials, so I'...

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  51. Offcuts woodturning

    1 June 2020

    Limited edition of wooden desk trays made from a 200 years old Elm 楡 offcuts
    - I never throw away offcuts, they find use in my workshops or I can craft them into limited editions. Sometimes I do rounds to other carpenters shops to save them from the fire. No... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  52. Nixtamal 石臼

    15 August 2020
    Nixtamal 石臼

    Recently I've got the opportunity to challenge myself to sharp/carve, entirely by hand, Nixtamal* mill stones. - Essentials to make proper tortilla dough! The stones a...

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  53. Hinoki Butcher's blocks

    21 October 2020
    Hinoki Butcher's blocks

    Small batch of two End-grain* chopping boards made of Japan's favourite wood, j.Cypress (檜 hinoki) with Walnut inlays and finished with beeswax.* End-grain, the grain ...

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  54. Darumaotoshi 達磨落とし

    Requested sample for a traditional toy series to become part of school educational equipment.達磨落とし darumaotoshi / "knocking down the sitting monk"*Dharma is the the et...

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  55. Artisan's stool limited edition

    In four selected woods, Walnut, Japanese Zelkova, Black Cherry and Chestnut, featuring handmade heat blued bars, not painted!This and future editions will be branded a...

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  56. 61.5º stationery trays

    24 January 2021
    61.5º stationery trays

    Order-made to fit on a triangular desktop with a particular angle. I came out with this versatile design for a set of trays carved on solid Walnut.

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  57. Single chair edition of the 親指 Oyayubi bench

    Made of hard White Ash, this edition features carved seat and hexadecagon legs and spindles. The challenge this time was to calculate and accurately drill holes for th...

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