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Classic home products get quirky updates

by Jean Snow

Crisp and dry lettuce

As the name suggests, Vegetabrella is an amusing umbrella by H Concept that, when shut, looks rather convincingly like a head of green leaf lettuce. Stacked together, they could easily be mistaken for a display at a grocery store.

Made of a wrinkled fabric that looks like lettuce leaves, its brown tip appears as a stalk, while the purple strip that keeps it closed looks the same as the tape used by Japanese supermarkets to hold the produce together.

Just in time for the rainy season, the Vegetabrella is available for ¥4,860 from the Koncent webstore.

Koncent: www.koncent.jp/?pid=45348804

YOY lights up Milano Salone

Last month’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile — the biggest event on the global design calendar — is still on our minds, so without going into a large survey of desirable products that won’t hit the shelves for months to come, we’ve chosen to highlight a favorite Japanese item.

YOY’s Light — to be released as both a table and floor lamp — is a clever take on the lampshade. There is no physical lampshade, instead light is emitted from a tiny LED lightbulb fitted into the stand, which then projects the shape of a lampshade on the wall.

It is, in fact, the opposite of a lampshade — instead of dimming a glare, it actually emits the light.

YOY: yoy-idea.jp/works/light

Bridging a gap in closet space needs

If finding space to hang clothing is a problem, but you don’t want your room to look like a shop floor of metal clothes racks, Teori’s Bridge hanger should suit your needs.

An unfussy construction with a classy bamboo finish, it leans against the wall, taking up a little less space at floor level than most racks. It comfortably fits eight shirts and has a hook for hats.

The Bridge costs ¥30,240, and matching Bow hangers can be purchased for ¥3,024. Both are available from the Caina webstore.
 
 
 
 

Teori: www.teori.co.jp
Caina: www.caina.jp/commodity_detail/37731476

Take note of Yamasaki Design Works

Yamasaki Design Works has a reputation of being able to style up all kinds of ordinary objects, and its latest item to get the treatment is the notebook case.

Previously available for A5 pads only, this new A6 version of Notecase is handy for those looking for something a bit more portable. Classically simple, it’s made from sturdy, thick leather and has slots for a notebook and a pen, plus a little space for tickets or notes. Available in brown, black and a yellow-tinted tan, it’s a bit like a sheath for note-takers — handy for those who battle with words on a daily basis. Like they say, the pen is mightier than the sword, so why not keep it at hand.

The A6 Notecase costs ¥9,870 and is available from Caina.

Yamasaki Design Works: www.ymsk-design.com
Caina: www.caina.jp/commodity_detail/48793872

Take a leaf out of Paperable’s design book

If you’re looking for something a bit more fun for note-taking, Paperable’s Leaf Memo is a nice seasonal idea. Unlike the similar Leaf-it Cherry Blossom sticky notes by Apree, which we have covered before, Leaf Memo have a delicate translucent finish that adds an elegant touch to your messages.

The Leaf Memo is available in different shapes in pink, green or yellow at ¥486 for a pack of 20 sheets. All variations are available online from the Koncent webstore.

Paperable: paperable.jp
Koncent: www.koncent.jp/?pid=73571080