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 East Japan Project, which was launched by architect Kengo Kuma and aims to revive traditional crafts in Eastern Japan — the area worst hit by last year's March 11 disasters — Nosigner has teamed up with craftsmen from Naruko in Miyagi Prefecture to produce a fun pair of items based on Japanese wooden kokeshi dolls. The Kokeshi Bottle Cap takes the traditional doll's head-shape and turns it into a PET bottle cap, while the Kokeshi Light turns the doll's trunk into the grip of an led flashlight.