What’s in a name? For Facet Studio, the answer is: the firm’s philosophy. Whether in their Sydney or Osaka office, Facet’s directors, Olivia Shih, age 40, and Yoshihito Kashiwagi, 42, prioritize coming at a project from different angles to reveal the “gem,” or essence, of every project. “Once we find it,” says Kashiwagi, “we polish it and polish it until it becomes a diamond.”
Today, 90 percent of the diamonds in the rough are in Australia, where the firm has several projects in process, including a Japanese restaurant in Canberra, multiple buildings for a winery in Hunter Valley, a tiny shoe store in a Sydney shopping mall, plus residential projects. To accommodate their growing practice, the duo will move their four-person Sydney office from the city’s central business district to bigger digs in the ’burbs next June. In addition, their three-person office in Osaka keeps them poised to take on new work in Japan.