"Rooms in Progress" Vol.3
POSTALCO Mike Abelson Interview -
Movable desk & Room to prevent forgetting things

Two new rooms designed by POSTALCO designer Mike Abelson will be joining CLASKA by the end of July this year. Construction has started on the 7th floor of CLASKA, to create the 2 semi-double rooms.

We will continue on with Mike's interview, for the 3rd "Rooms in Progress" update. (Check the first half of the interview here.)



--- In the first half of the interview, we talked about the controllable lights, which was something you had in mind as a traveler yourself. Are there any other points you reflected from your own traveling experiences?

Mike: I often want to move the furniture in hotel rooms. When the furniture layout doesn't seem right for me, I try to move them, sometimes ending up with a horribly dusty floor. So in the new rooms, I designed a moveable wheeled desk.

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©2018 Mike Abelson / Postalco

The desk has a wheel on one side, and is on a rail on the other side, so you can move it along the window. When staying in the room, guests can enjoy wheeling the desk, to find the ideal position.

Also, I am always afraid of leaving something behind in a hotel room. Forgetting one of your favorite belongings or a souvenir just bought, can spoil the whole journey. So I excluded many interior elements that may lead to leaving something behind.

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©2018 Mike Abelson / Postalco

Drawers are dangerous, so open shelves and a bench is made for placing any goods. Being careful of closets too, a simple pipe should do well enough for hanging your clothes. Drinks and yogurt are often left in refrigerators - maybe you can use the shelf by the window instead, for cooling your snacks during winter. The best way to prevent forgetting things is to always keep your suitcase open, so I placed the bed a few steps up from the floor, creating space beneath for an open suitcase.

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©2018 Mike Abelson / Postalco

--- Movable furniture and open storage to prevent leaving things behind. The ideas seem very original and unique. The raised beds drawn in the first sketch left an impression, now I know get the intention.

Yes, I guess it's unique, but those are important points I wanted to implement. The raised bed helps to use the compact space to the fullest. The idea creates a nested bed that feels stable and secure, and you will be able to feel the light in a different way from the floor level.

--- What do you keep in mind when traveling? Also what is a good hotel for you?

In the book "Arbitary Stupid Goal", by Tamara Shopsin she writes about how when traveling, it is more fun to have small goals and to enjoy the process, rather than having one main purpose. Sometimes the unexpected happenings become the unforgettable episodes. As for the hotels, it's nice when the people are friendly, when you can feel relaxed, and when you don't leave anything behind!

--- The renovation of the 2 rooms has now started, by dismantling the space to skeleton. CLASKA's was also born in a renovation project of an old hotel called "New Meguro" back in 2003. What are your thoughts on renovation?

Renovation is an efficient way to seek new possibility or new characteristic. It is often said that Japanese buildings are made to live for only 30 years. I know architectural materials and ground conditions vary by country, but compared to other countries, it seems too short. Seeing CLASKA, the history of the building is creating a unique atmosphere, and the beautiful sunlight reaching the restaurant and the lobby on the 1st floor is something that cannot be seen in new buildings.

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CLASKA 1F Restaurant "kiokuh"

The renovation has just started for the new rooms. The design is fixed, but you never know what occurs on the construction scene. I have to say, I am slightly looking forward to the unexpected happenings.


To turn Mike's design into real rooms, Kaname Okajima from "interior & furniture CLASKA" has joined in planning, and the room is in progress, live at CLASKA's 7th floor.

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All the walls and floors are all removed, and the room is completely bare for rennovation.

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The large rocks planned to be placed in the room entrances, as introduced in the previous interview.

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The wheel for the moving desk has arrived.

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Founded in Brooklyn, New York we are now based in Tokyo. Postalco has a passion for everyday objects and our relationships with them. Our logo is the carrier pigeon inspired by communication on paper. We began with document holders and notebooks but since then have applied our point of view to many other items; including leather wallets, rainwear, pens, key holders and bags. Based in Tokyo for over 15 years, we are dedicated to finding new ways to apply Japanese craft in daily life. Postalco's products are created to be used by anyone - male or female, young or old, people from all walks of life worldwide. What sets Postalco's designs apart are their supreme utility and ineffable warmth blended with the beauty of understatement.

Mike Abelson
Born in Los Angeles, California. Studied product design at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Moved to New York in 1997 to design the Jack Spade product collection and brand concept. He is based in Tokyo for over sixteen years. In addition to designing Postalco products he has worked with other clients including Calder Foundation, Sunspel, The Conran Shop, Issey Miyake, and Maison Hermès.