June 18, 2019

Yagyug Douguten Designs an Osaka Café That Connects Horiuchi Fruit Farm to City Dwellers

Integrated lighting accentuates the dimensions of the truck’s frame, while highlighting the dried fruits on offer. Photography by Kiyoshi Nishioka.

The misty mountains of Nara, Japan are known for their ancient temples, sacred deer, and the Horiuchi Fruit Farm, in operation for over a hundred years. It’s a long way from Osaka’s booming Grand Front redevelopment complex of hotels, residential towers, and shopping centers. After building a café showcasing its goods near the farm, Horiuchi wanted to bring the fruits of its harvests to city dwellers and called upon Yagyug Douguten to devise a plan.

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Fumitaka Suzuki designed the tables, which were manufactured by Hankyu Kensou Co. Photography by Kiyoshi Nishioka.

“We were inspired by the greengrocer’s distribution sites,” says designer Fumitaka Suzuki, and that inspiration bore an ersatz truck parked in front of a small café serving fruit-forward delicacies such as caprese sandwiches with strawberries instead of tomatoes; fruit-and-cream-filled ice cream cones; and a variety of refreshing fruit punches.

Signposts, with exposed circuitry, are comprised of steel rods and cedar logs. Photography by Kiyoshi Nishioka.

Yagyug fashioned wheels for the truck from Nara’s Yoshino cedar trees. “It connects the farm and the shop,” says Suzuki. “It is also an expression of tracing the memory of the land, where Osaka’s former freight station used to be before the redevelopment.” With lines regularly stretching out the mall’s door, the team is clearly on a roll.

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The polished aluminum chairs were designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Magis. Photography by Kiyoshi Nishioka.
The team received permission to position the cart about a foot in front of the retail space so that it may serve as both a display and a screen. Photography by Kiyoshi Nishioka. 
Magnetic boards act as displays for the dried goods. Photography by Kiyoshi Nishioka. 

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