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Construction work at the desk

by Jean Snow

Design, often thought of as a fun job, can also involve plenty of desk work — so perhaps the best desk accessories are those that come from designers with a strong sense of humor, such as Twelvetone.

The kid in all of us should love this series of Work Vehicles — beautiful, useful wooden “toys.” The Dump Truck holds small stationery items such as paperclips, the Forklift Truck is big enough for pens and memos, and the Fire Truck doubles as a tape dispenser.

Each vehicle is constructed from ready-cut pieces of wood that you assemble yourself (no glue required) and is priced at ¥1,200. They can be found at various Tokyo select shops.

Twelvetone: twelvetone.jp

Horizontal thinking

Japanese brand and manufacturer E&Y’s recent participation in the Paris Maison & Objet fair saw it introduce quite a few new and interesting products — two from the Edition Horizontal line, in particular, caught our eye.

First is Koichi Futatsumata’s In the Sky mobile. Made from thin metal wires that are bent to create a minimalist floating branch, it’s a simple idea, but one that is also stunning in its delicacy.

Our second choice comes from the imagination of Gen Suzuki. His Walden set of four beeswax crayons also harks back to nature. There are four colors in a set and each crayon is molded into the shape of a twig. The crayons can be attached to each other to create one long twig, the original of which the designer says he found during a trip to Walden Woods in Lincoln, Massachusets.

In the Sky is available in silver, gold or bronze and in two sizes, priced at ¥10,080 and ¥14,490, while the Walden crayons cost ¥7,245 for a set. Both can be ordered online through E&Y’s Edition Horizontal website.

E&Y: www.eandy.com Edition Horizontal: www.editionhorizontal.com/collection.html

‘Tis the season for candles

The cool fall weather has finally arrived — and, let’s face it, winter is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about candles again — those romantic staples that just don’t seem to work in the summer.

The latest in what we like to call “design experiments” from Nosigner — the name used by Eisuke Tachikawa — is the Charcoal Candle. It has been molded on a real piece of charcoal, and the wax has been blended with charcoal as well. It looks like a small tree trunk — a reference to an ancient Japanese practice of setting trees on fire to light up the night. The Charcoal Candle was unveiled at Maison & Objet in Paris, but pricing has not yet been revealed.

Nosigner: nosigner.com

It is already time to plan ahead

It may just be October, but it’s already time to start thinking about what form your 2014 calendar or diary will take, and as always, D-BROS jumps out of the gate with a few fancy options.

You could go for any of their fun offerings — some heavily illustrated, others using a variety of stickers — but if we were to recommend just one, the On: Design seal of approval would go to the 2014 Creator’s Diary.

This is a fantastic fold-out diary that lets you pull open its pages — accordion-like — to glance at your entire year. Folded up, you can also flick through pages in book form, and the whole thing is secured with an elastic band. It’s available in three colors (gray, pink and turquoise), priced at ¥2,940, and can be purchased from the Caina webstore.

D-Bros: www.d-bros.jp Caina: www.caina.jp/commodity_detail/55309086

Sitting on a good idea

Based on what we’ve been seeing over the past year, the stool has become quite the muse for many furniture designers’ collections. Our latest favorite is Abode’s F2A, and its undressed sibling, the F2A_Nude.

Designed by Naoya Matsuo, the name is derived from “F” being the shape of the stool’s pieces before assembly, and “A” being its shape once constructed. Polyester covers add a splash of color — there are eight choices — or you can go without and save a little cash with the Nude model.

The regular F2A costs ¥13,440 with the F2A_Nude selling for ¥10,500, and both can be ordered directly from Abode’s website.

Abode: www.abode.co.jp

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