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Let’s not forget the little things

by Jean Snow

Good design in focus

Nendo’s design-conscious goods for Elecom were featured earlier this year, and it’s keeping up the good work with its latest batch of digital accessories to spruce up your desktop.

First up is the Kandenshi, a PC mouse that looks like a big battery. Although that sounds like an odd shape to choose, the Kandenshi hasn’t had to compromise in function for its design. The “positive terminal” provides the left-click, and scrolling and right-clicking can be done with your thumb on the “battery’s” side. It’s also wireless, and being cylindrical, it’s compact enough to use in tight spaces, such as the fold-up trays of trains and planes. This is also a rechargeable “battery” — just attach it via USB to your computer when needed.

Nendo’s Megane is a simple, whimsical accessory for your iPad, iPhone or similar devices. It looks like a pair of jokey glasses, but the “lenses” are in fact suction cups that attach the frames to your device to prop it up. It’s great for watching videos. Megane are available in two sizes and a variety of colors (black, brown, blue, gray, pink and white), and the Kandenshi is available in black or white. Both products are open priced, so it will vary depending on the retailer.

Elecom: www.elecom.co.jp. Nendo: www.nendo.jp.

This one’s a Keyper

The latest product from Teramoto’s Tidy (“Teramoto Industrial Design Yard”) line is the Magnet Keyper.

The name pretty much says it all: It’s a powerful magnet that can keep hold of your keys — no more hanging key rings on a hook. It’s strong enough to hold an average of 10 keys, which, unless you’re a janitor, should be plenty for most people.

Priced at ¥1,890, the Magnet Keyper has a wooden finish in either dark brown or “natural,” and it can be ordered from Tidy’s online store.

Tidy: www.teramoto.co.jp/pages/tidy/index.html.

Burn down a house!

Design Office A4′s Entotsu (chimney) Houses are tiny house-shaped incense burners. Made from leftover wood scraps, each one is unique and different in size. It’s a cute idea, where an incense stick becomes an extension of the house’s chimney, and it already has us dreaming of building a small-scale cityscape with chimneys smoking away with lovely scents.

One Entotsu House costs ¥525, and can be ordered from the Zuko Labo online store.

Design Office A4: www.designofficea4.com. Zuko Labo: zuko-labo.shop-pro.jp/?pid=25135342.

Hiroshi Yamasaki throws a curve

If you’re about to embark on some traditional Japanese New Year’s cooking, the Yamasaki Design Works’ Wood Tray could be your perfect serving platform.

The ingenious innovation of Hiroshi Yamasaki’s design is the curved inside edge of one of its sides. It’s a simple idea that makes it so much easier to swipe away those annoying crumbs that usually get stuck in the corners and cracks of trays.

All Wood Trays are 42 cm long, but they come in three widths — 15 cm, 21 cm and 27 cm, priced at ¥5,250, ¥6,300 and ¥7,350. They can be ordered online from the Caina store.

Yamasaki Design Works: www.ymsk-design.com. Caina: www.caina.jp/commodity_detail/51259990.