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 — ...

Upgrading the ordinary

| Sep 27, 2011

Upgrading the ordinary

by Jean Snow

Ice-cool statements Here’s a fun example of the power of design: Turning something as simple as ice cubes into a political/environmental statement. Monos’ Polar Ice are two cups that act like ice-trays to produce blocks of ice in the shape of a polar bear ...

Cleverness in things great and small

| Aug 30, 2011

Cleverness in things great and small

by Jean Snow

Milestones for cyclists There’s a bicycle craze currently sweeping the nation — or so the media would have you believe — and in the midst of it, we’re starting to see designers pay particular attention to cycling accessories. Design trio Mile has introduced a ...

Some new old favorites

| Jun 28, 2011

Some new old favorites

by Jean Snow

Ready for the summer buzz There’s one summer discomfort that has yet to kick in: the dreaded mosquito attacks. To help us win the battle over insects, household goods brand Vitantonio has teamed up with Kincho, an insect-repellent manufacturer, to create the Mosquito Buster. ...

The ordinary made extraordinary

| May 31, 2011

The ordinary made extraordinary

by Jean Snow

Nendo taps into nature’s secrets Since the start of this column more than five years ago, we’ve been strong supporters of Oki Sato — better known as Nendo — and have closely followed his development as a creator into the design superstar he is ...