Double-A seating power

| Nov 27, 2012

Double-A seating power

by Jean Snow

The AA Stool is the lovely result of a collaboration between Torafu Architects and the Ishinomaki Laboratory, a platform that brings together creators in one of the hardest-hit areas during last year’s earthquake and tsunami, Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture. Based on the concept of ...

15.0% keeps ice cream cool

| Sep 25, 2012

15.0% keeps ice cream cool

by Jean Snow

15.0%’s ice-cream spoons have already been featured in this column, and now they’re being complemented by Naoki Terada’s new Ice-Cream Cup. Made of porcelain, this container takes on the form of a flat-based ice-cream cone, which is not just a fun design but one ...

Purifying plant power

| Aug 28, 2012

Purifying plant power

by Jean Snow

The Airleaf Mini is an interesting product that makes use of your fan or air conditioner. It contains little beads filled with oils extracted from fir trees, which purifies air as it’s blown through by cutting down the carbon dioxide and restricting production of ...

A spring jewelry collection

| May 29, 2012

A spring jewelry collection

by Jean Snow

Kouichi Okamoto of Kyouei Design, who usually creates household items, has launched his first line of jewelry — and of course, it’s not your average collection of fashion accessories. The series is titled “form of the function,” and all the pieces are made from ...

Rethinks that reboot familiar concepts

| Apr 24, 2012

Rethinks that reboot familiar concepts

by Jean Snow

Pretty as a doll Offering new interpretations of traditional Japanese crafts has been a running trend these past few years, and Nosigner, one of our favorite designers, has taken a popular decorative Japanese tradition and given it a modern, functional spin. Produced for the ...

Ideas of note

| Jan 31, 2012

Ideas of note

by Jean Snow

Note pads that snap into action We revisit Postalco for yet another piece of stationery we’ve fallen in love with. This time it’s the brand’s new environmentally friendly Snap Pad. This clipboard-like folder allows you to make a note pad by recycling the reverse ...

Let's not forget the little things

| Dec 27, 2011

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 ...

The natural tide of the times

| Oct 25, 2011

The natural tide of the times

by Jean Snow

Back to basics Ki no Kami paper — the result of a collaboration between the Shiodome Innovation Studio (a creative unit that teams Japan’s leading advertising agency, Dentsu, and Keio University’s Shonan Fujisawa Campus with various creators) and the PaPaCo Yoshino wooden-toy maker — ...