Yoh Nagashima born in 1955 in Hyogo prefecture in Japan.
When she was at the age of 40 she experienced the Great Hanshin Great Earthquake, a disaster that claimed more than 5,000 lives and destroyed 10,000 homes.
“We saw the roof tiles and rubble being cleared away from what were once homes where people lived. We say posts and beams, which once supported these homes, being discarded and burned.”
As Yoh and Ricky Nagashima saw this scrap wood being taken away, they suddenly thought, “Why not use this waste as wood for making furniture?!”
Thus began a woodworking studio where discarded wood is given a second life as beautiful, unique furniture.
The “Scrap Wood Furniture Factory For an Angel” was established in Tawara Motomachi NARA. Yoh & Ricky were introduced television, newspapers, magazines, etc..They have five to ten’s exhibitors at department stores and galleries every year in Japan.