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Striking designs can come from unusual inspirations. This month looks at designer collaborations with Japanese veteran manufacturers, including a laboratory glassware maker, and an injection mold specialist.

Often handcrafted in glass or metal to ensure a pleasant ringing tone, decorative bells are not something you would normally associate with a manufacturer of science laboratory equipment. Yet that’s the birthplace of the Sekiei Furin wind chime and the Sekiei Bell handbell — both designed by Tsukasa Fujita of H Concept Co. Ltd. in collaboration with Kamata Rikagakukikai Seisakusho Co., Ltd.

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