和風照明器具のミヤコアンドン 都行燈株式会社
  

都行燈の歴史

HISTORY OF MIYAKO ANDON

都行燈の木工の歴史  


都行燈の初代 木崎吉五郎は、明治の初めに 横浜市南吉田町(現在横浜市南区)にて日本の組子技術をあしらった輸出向け額縁の製造をはじめる。そして都行燈の木工の歴史が吉五郎から始まりました。



2代目の木崎喜太郎は、昭和初期 横浜から東京市下谷区金杉に拠点を移し和風照明器具製造を始める。 エピソードで、東京大空襲でも都行燈の材木は幸運にも焼け残り、商売を続けることができた。戦後は銀座の服部時計店(現在の和光)にあったPXやグアム島などから日本情緒ある都行燈の行燈を米国から大量注文をもらい大忙しだった。


3代目の木崎 幸一郎は、近代的な住宅に合う和風照明の草分けとして大手百貨店や照明器具メーカーに持ち込み販路を拡大して行った。今の都行燈が和風照明を売出す基盤を作り上げました。幸一郎オリジナルデザインの照明器具は数多く世に送り出し、そして会社を現在の東京都荒川区東日暮里に移転した。昭和30年には、都行燈から都行燈株式会社へと社名を変えても創設者の吉五郎の良い物を作る職人気質は、残っていた。


現在の4代目は、木崎 貴幸と雅徳の息子達に受継がれて行った。息子達は、著名な建築家や若手建築家などの和風照明器具の製作に力を注ぐ。今までの地道な仕事が認められ納入実績も宮内庁や数奇屋の料亭と旅館などに納めることと成る。



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HISTORY OF MIYAKO ANDON

The founder of Miyako Andon, Kizaki Kichigoro started manufacture of wood frames for export using Japanese wood lattice technology in early Meiji era in Yokohama. Miyako Andon’s history of woodwork started with Kichigoro then.


roji-andonThe second generation Kizaki Kitaro, in early Showa era, moved the operation from Yokohama to Tokyo and started manufacture of Japanese lighting. His operation survived the War, with his wood being spared even during the bombing. After the War, the operation thrived from large orders of Miyako Andon products which carried authentic Japanese appeal. Orders came from the US for sale at PX which was then located at Hattori Watch Company (currently Wako) in Ginza and also in Guam.

The third generation Kizaki Kouichiro pioneered the Japanese lighting products that adapt well in the contemporary designed houses. He expanded the distribution network to the major department stores and lighting products manufacturers and built a foundation for the current Miyako Andon to launch Japanese style lightings.
  Kouichiro’s original designs were well accepted in the market, and the company was moved to the current location in Higashi Nippori, Tokyo.  In 1955, the company name was changed to Miyako Andon Inc.. In spite of the name change, the spirit of the founder Kichigoro, the professionalism and craftsmanship to make the very best remained unchanged.


The current fourth generation operation was assumed by Kouichiro’s sons, Kizaki Takayuki and Masanori. The sons emphasized collaborative work with notable architects as well as younger architects. The steady efforts have been well recognized resulting in successful installations to the Imperial Household Agency, Sukiya (traditional Japanese architecture) establishments, and others.