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Creative thinking inside the box: the Koloro Desk, FeltFelt folders and matching stationery

by Jean Snow

Personalized cubicle

There’s nothing enticing about working in a cubicle space, aside from a sense of privacy, but Torafu Architects have somehow made the cubicle a desired option for the home.

At first glance, the Koloro Desk might look like a voting booth, but it is in fact an intimate and customizable workspace. The box-like structure has small panels that flip out to form shelves or windows, and if you get a Koloro Stool, you’ll find the seat opens up to offer storage space.

It has also been designed to allow users to personalize it, with a hole in the top to allow plant pots to be added and hooks on the sides to hang things from. Putting your own spin on it is part of the Koloro Desk’s charm, and we can already imagine an office setting up rows of them for creative workers.

Available in yellow, sky blue, white, pink, khaki and navy) a Koloro Desk costs ¥68,000. The Koloro Stool, ¥26,000, comes in two heights, with seat coverings in light gray, dark gray, light blue and green. They can be ordered online directly from the manufacturer.

Ichiro Design: www.ichirodesign.jp/furniture. www.ichirodesign.jp/shop.

Heart-’felt’ care for your gadgets

Having recently dropped an iPad and shattered its screen — an expensive reminder of the fragility of high-tech electronics — protecting favorite products and accessories has a renewed importance for us. Yuruliku’s new Felt-Felt Folder line of cases are designed to not only protect gadgets but also to match your more traditional desk products.

There are three sizes, starting with an A4 envelope, which is perfect for an iPad or a small laptop and still leaves a little room for a few documents you might need to carry with you. The Mini fits an iPhone or iPod and has a small semicircular opening bottom that makes it easy to push the device out. It’s a snug fit and the opening also means you can charge a device without taking it out of the case. The last in the Felt-Felt series is for pens or other stationery. There’s no zipper, just an opening on the side into which you can slide in pens and pencils.

Each of these items is available in six color combinations red, blue or charcoal with a gray lining, gray with a red or blue lining, and brown with a charcoal lining. The A4 Case is priced at ¥5,250, the Mini ¥2,415 and the Pen Case at ¥1,890. They can be purchased directly from Yuruliku’s online shop.

Yuruliku: www.yuruliku.com/ff. Yuriliku store: yuruliku.shop-pro.jp.

A new business for D-Bros

If Yuruliku’s felt cases appeal, why not complement them with some new stationery.

D-Bros’ D-Bros for Business line is a perfect match, and as we’ve come to expect from the company, they are all designed with great care in an attractive minimalist style.

There are three items. Our favorite, the Javaring File, has a grip in its middle section, in which you can slot any size sheet of paper and still keep them all together. The note pad of Pen and Note has a smart folding pattern that acts as the holder for the pen, while the Paper Card Case is another example of clever design — a business-card holder made of a single sheet of paper.

Everything is available in red or black and they can be bought from the Caina online store. Javaring File is priced at ¥1,260, Pen and Note at ¥1,050 and Paper Card at ¥840.

D-Bros: www.d-bros.jp. Caina: www.caina.jp.

A fair bit of stationery at Souvenir from Tokyo

H Concept has provided quite a bit of fodder for this column over the years, and its great designs will surely continue to feature in the future. It comes as no surprise then that they have produced enough to furnish a whole exhibition.

Souvenir from Tokyo (SFT, The National Art Center, Tokyo’s gift shop) is one of the best-curated spots for design goods in the city, and it has devoted a fair to H Concept’s +d brand. Running until Sept. 3, more than 40 items are on show and, of course, they are available to buy. This is a good opportunity to see all the company has to offer at one fell swoop. The fair is also introducing a few new items, including the Shunik ink pad and stamp mat designed by Michio Akita (pictured) and Motomi Kawakami’s Si desk accessories. Prices vary depending on product.

H Concept: www.h-concept.jp SFT: www.souvenirfromtokyo.jp.