Nendo has added a graphic to the base of a white Starbucks coffee mug which looks like the surface of a coffee drink. It looks as if it is full when it is put upside down. Three different types are available: mug americano, mug latte, and mug caramel macchiato. The mugs will be released in Starbucks throughout Japan. photos by Akihiro Yoshida (via www.nendo.jp)
Hiroshi Kajimoto has created the “UnBRELLA,” an upside down, inside out umbrella for Japanese design company h concept. Since it is inside out, the wet side is inside when it is folded – useful and practical in a crowded area. It also stands itself without any support. Currently available only in Japan.
Japanese design shop is offering 50% off on “hope forever blossoming” flower vases. Filled with water, this vinyl envelope is transformed into a fully functional 3D vase. The refraction of light through the water adds to the beauty of this simple flower vase. Each envelope contains two vases. Japanese design shop
“Shupua” is a collection of cups and glasses made from silicone. It is manufactured by Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd, and designed and sold by h concept. The special material that has high transparency makes it look like a real glass. It is unbreakable, easy to get a grip on, and doesn’t form condensation – due to the material. 1800 Japanese yen (around 18 US dollars) for cups and 2200 Jpaanese yen (around 22 US dollars) for the glasses.
Japan Handmade is a collaboration between craftsmen in Kyoto and Danish consulting company CeO. THe aim is to promote Japanese handicrafts internationally. Japan Handmade crafts companies: Kaikado, Hosoo, Kanaami-Tsuji, Nakagawa Mokkougei, Kohchosai Kosuga, Asahiyaki. Japan Handmade Digest from Hosoo on Vimeo.
IWATANI DESIGN PROJECT has released Lessev Mobile Station, which solves our everyday problems: tangled cables of mobile phones, tablet computers, digital cameras, etc. It also helps you to locate your chargers. It keeps your desk and room tidy and organized.
Rolu are memo papers on a roll. It was designed by Chiaki Murata for Metaphys. It is possible to cut the paper as you wish thanks to the dotted lines drawn every 10cm. The brass/aluminum holder functions as a paper weight and makes it easier to take notes. There are three colors available: Orange, black, and white. Size: W93mm x H38mm x D74.5mm, φ65mm×H88mm (Memo papers) Weight: 240g Material: Brass, aluminum, ABS
Japanese design studio Tent has released Display Cleaner. It was inspired by a chalkboard eraser. Made of microfiber, it is perfect to use for almost any computer displays including tablet computers such as iPad. The yellow tag makes it possible to hang on a wall. It is washable, so you can use it over and over again. There are two types available: beech and walnut.
oodesign is an award winning design studio established by Taku Omura. “Floating Vase / RIPPLE” is their first commercial product. Shaped like ripples in water, “floating ripple vase” floats on water. All you have to do is fill a container with water, and place a single flower in the vase. It will float around with a help of the movement of the air. It is currently exclusively available at Japanese design shop for customers outside Japan.
Japanese design studio Tent released “Book on Book”. The transparent page holder keeps a book open while you are working on other tasks such as cooking, using a computer, etc. It is made of acrylic.