Francisco Martínez - Architect in Tokyo

Francisco Martínez

I'm an architect in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

I'm an architect from Mexico enjoying Japan's countryside living. I love design and the process of making, -handcrafting woodwork is a pleasure ! Currently woodworking and prototyping for my own reclaimed wood furniture brand, hosting DIY work sessions and B&B service, crew member at SOLA.ballooning and amateur farmer.
I have a workshop in Saitama prefecture with plenty of space for other craftspeople who are interested in co-workshop or creative collaboration in any kind of project.

I'm ready to get involve in projects from order-made furniture, design and manufacture of pop-up stores, wooden products to house refurbishment, architectural design and collaborations at Patio.workshop.

My family and I love BBQs and outdoor gatherings, feel welcome to come for a visit and make friends with us.

Paco
( short for Francisco )

My Creations

  1. 1:2 wooden rack prototype.
    - reclaimed wood, free joinery -
    Process and workshop: https://goo.gl/Mxsgv9

  2. joinery study T01

    13 November 2015

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

  3. Taburete Chico 1.0

    13 November 2015

    Prototype 1.0 - Taburete series, reclaimed wood assembled with free joinery, no nails, screws or bond.
    - Process and workshop: https://goo.gl/fYDl1p

  4. 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: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1061695177198253.1073741835.465070620194048&type=3

  5. joinery study BF01

    20 November 2015

    - For Burro Flaco series assembled with free joinery, no nails, screws or bond.
    > in process: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1077494995618271.1073741836.465070620194048&type=3&pnref=story

  6. Turning a storage room into a personal workspace, featuring handmade Patio.furniture.
    Process and workshop: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1077494995618271.1073741836.465070620194048&type=3&pnref=story

  7. Seal making ・印鑑作り

    7 December 2015
  8. joinery study TC01

    21 December 2015

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

  9. 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: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1093372000697237.1073741838.465070620194048&type=3

  10. 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)

  11. 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)

  12. Us over there...

    8 January 2016

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

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

  14. Test flight I

    18 January 2016

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

  15. Test flight II

    18 January 2016

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

  16. Test flight III

    18 January 2016

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

  17. 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.
    Process and workshop: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1114779421889828.1073741842.465070620194048&type=3

  18. 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.
    Reservations: http://solaballoon.wix.com/sola

  19. 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.

  20. 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)

  21. Koemon paddy fields

    2 May 2016

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

  22. - Coming up "Chopstick DIY makers set ! ・DIY箸を作りセット
    > Soon available for orders and work sessions.
    Prototyping workshop: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1191906270843809.1073741849.465070620194048&type=3

  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. 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.

  25. 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 )

  26. 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)

  27. 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.

    https://www.facebook.com/MYY.arq/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1248753518492417

  28. 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)

  29. 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)

  30. 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:
    https://www.facebook.com/Patio.workshop/posts/1502597729774660

  31. 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)

  32. 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)

  33. Sturdy Table

    11 May

    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)

  34. Taburete series, reclaimed wood handcrafted following the technique of free joinery, no nails, screws or bond. ( sashimono 指物 )
    - Process and workshop: https://goo.gl/fYDl1p

  35. 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.

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

  37. 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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  38. Yumi's new sink

    12 September

    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: https://goo.gl/bwHJkF

  39. 001.Genkan bench

    26 September
    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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  40. Minakami, Oze, Nikko

    Hiking weekend with my family, overwhelming mountain sights. Highly recommended destinations.You're welcome to see the trip's album: https://goo.gl/213iMh

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  41. LOCALE twin benches

    7 November
    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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  42. Grass race

    10 December 21:09
    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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