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Old-school bookmarks, modern notice boards and perfectly designed kitchenware

by Jean Snow

Glasses that just might bounce

Shupua look like regular glasses — they have a nice shiny gloss and a heavy base — but they are far from ordinary drinking vessels. The second you touch one, you’ll realize that the fragility is an illusion. Shupua are made of a soft silicone material that is being touted as “unbreakable.” Drop one and it definitely won’t smash. In fact, if you squeeze it, you’ll find it bends.

This makes them ideal for taking out on spring picnics and perfect for kids.

Shupua cups are ¥1,890 each, while a “glass” is ¥2,310. The cups come in a wide range of bold colors, and the glasses are available with tints of blue and green or completely clear. They can all be bought online from H Concept.

Shupua: www.shupua.com H Concept: h-concept.jp/fs/hshop/c/shupua

And one for the desk

This month’s suggestion for sprucing up your workspace, is Fumie Shibata’s Desk Deco. Part of the Fe brand — a collection directed by Shibata that focuses on items made from iron — the Desk Deco is an unusual geometric lattice that stands upright to be used like a memo board. Important messages and reminders are attached by magnets, and when its got no notes it serves as a simple and attractive ornament.

The Desk Deco comes in black or white, and costs ¥9,000. You can find it at online shops carrying the Fe brand, such as stylestore.jp and rakuten.co.jp/shinazina.

Fe: fe-sugiyama.com

Working up to the three-step

How do you improve the already popular Metaphys Lucano folding 1- and 2-Step Stools? Create a 3-Step version of course.

This third step basically turns the stool into more of a ladder, and it has an extension to lean on when you use it as one. Like its siblings, it’s conveniently slim with a wide top step; so if you have two, you can balance a plank between them to make a makeshift shelf.

The Lucano 3-Step has already caught the eye of quite a few design committees and it has won plenty of prizes, including a Red Dot Design Award, Design for Asia Award (Grand Prize) and a German Design Award. Available in Metaphys’ traditional colors of white, black or orange, each stool is ¥18,900 and can be ordered directly from the Metaphys website.

www.metaphys.jp/product/tool/archives/2010092342.php

Ridge makes the perfect cuppa

A steaming cup of tea is a great way to start and end a day, but when it comes to serving it, you’d be surprised at what a difference a good teapot makes. Kinto’s Ridge teapot has sleek curves and a modern shape that makes it particularly stylish — but its design is not just for show.

This pot has been ergonomically balanced so that it pours perfectly. Its large circular handle allows the user to find the most comfortable position with the least stress on the wrist, the body shape ensures that you need less movement to pour, and the spout is at an angle that prevents spillage.

Made of white porcelain, Ridge is available in two sizes (450 ml or 750 ml) and with a choice of a white, orange or black handle. A stainless steel strainer is also optional, with total prices ranging from ¥3,360 to ¥4,300. Matching cups and saucers (¥2,100) and mugs (¥1,575) are also available.

www.kinto.co.jp/en/products/drinkware/ridge/

People still read books!

The Kindle and other e-book readers haven’t killed paper just yet. So for those who still prefer to read off a printed page, here’s a minimalist bookmark to save your spot. Corga’s Book Mark is a simple but beautiful leather strip — made of water-repellent cowhide — that clips on your saved page. It comes in classic color combinations: white with a black clip, and blue-gray, brown or black with white clips. Each ¥2,100, they can be ordered from the H Concept website.

Corga: corga.ruboa.com H Concept: h-concept.jp/fs/hshop/corga/book-mark

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