A few ideas that may ring your bell

| Jun 6, 2015

A few ideas that may ring your bell

by Mio Yamada

Someone in your way? You can ring your bell If you’ve seen that YouTube video (bit.ly/bicyclebell) of someone ringing a handheld bicycle bell at random places in Japan, and then watching with amusement as people automatically jump out of his way, you’ll appreciate the ...

Something old, something new, something blue

| Apr 4, 2015

Something old, something new, something blue

by Mio Yamada

Traditional craftsmanship is in the bag When it comes to finding an elegant way to employ traditional crafts for contemporary products, Yosuke Inui has got it in the bag. A combination of attractive textiles with centuries-old woodcrafting techniques, Inui’s Wappa Bag retains just enough ...

Staring at the bottom of the glass

| Feb 6, 2015

Staring at the bottom of the glass

by Jean Snow

Here’s a glass that’s perfect for teasing someone who’s prone to having one too many. The Kanna Glass by Hiroshi Yamazaki (of Yamasaki Design Works) is a beautifully designed piece of glassware, with an unusually irregular bottom. The uneven surface means that it will ...

Designs to liven up house and home

| Jan 2, 2015

Designs to liven up house and home

Little chairs for little people The Dollhouse Chair by Torafu Architects — Koichi Suzuno and Alicja Strzyzynska — might sound like it could have been a Christmas stocking-filler, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite. This kids’ chair isn’t for a dollhouse, it doubles ...