“Book on Book” by Tent

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.

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Issei Miyake and Reality Lab.

Issei Miyake and Relaity Lab. collaborated and released a series of lamps titled “In-EI ISSEY MIYAKE”. “In-EI” means “light” and “shadow”, which is aesthetics traditionally appreciated in Japan. Recycled polyester used for the lamps is strong and does not require an internal structure, and at the same time, it is possible to fold it down when not in use. It is a winner of iF design award 2013.

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Kobito by Miyuki Fushitani

“Kobito” was designed by Miyuki Fushitani, an interior design student at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. It is a set of a cup and a cup stand to use in a bathroom. The advantages of using the stand is that it keeps the cup dry, prevents the cup from getting dusty, and most importantly, makes you smile. “Kobito” has already been released by +d in Japan, and it will be available at jpdesign.org | Japanese design shop in the near future. Please send us an email with the subject “Kobito” if you wish to receive a notice when it is released. submit(a)jpdesign.org (please replace (a) with @ )

Specifications:
Size: W60×D23×H114mm(stand) W79×D79×H70mm(cup)
Material: Silicon

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Toronc by Metaphys

METAPHYS Tronc is a card stand, which not only holds postcards or business cards in order, but also utilizes information more efficiently by visualizing and positioning the importance of information. For example, important business cards can be put at a higher position.

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Reset – Beyond Fukushima

Ever since the first days following the disastrous events that took place in Japan in March 2011, photojournalist Kazuma Obara has been visiting the sites and the people affected. He even visited the Fukushima power plant itself, where he talked to the workers involved. The series of portraits and interviews he produced is published for the first time in this publication.

Obara’s photographs offer touching insights about the consequences of the events surrounding Fukushima. Recollected in this book, they offer a long-term perspective and pose the question of responsibility. They bring to mind just how far-reaching the consequences of this catastrophe are, for the people on site as well as worldwide. This book thus offers a view that goes beyond the pure facts on site—Beyond Fukushima.

You can purchase the book here.

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Sou Fujimoto Sketchbook

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In his personal sketchbook Sou Fujimoto offers insights into his design process. Through the sketches, drawings, and notes readers can trace how his complex concepts are made manifest and develop on paper.

SOU FUJIMOTO, born in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1971, established his architectural practice Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. In 2008, he was World Architecture Festival winner in the Private House category, and was awarded a RIBA International Fellowship in 2012. Recently he completed the new library and museum for the Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

Available at Japanese design shop.

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Vegetable/Fruit Block by Paperable

Vegetable/Fruit Block is a memo pad created by “Paperable” based in Ishikawa, Japan. It is a collaboration by Ishikawa prefecture’s local art community KAPO, and printing company Yamakoshi.

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Encyclopedia of flowers

Encyclopedia of Flowers is a visual exploration of the breathtaking floral arrangements by Makoto Azuma – encounters of unusual, sometimes exotic plants that wouldn’t typically occur in nature. With his meticulously composed photographs, Shunsuke Shiinoki exposes the flowers’ tenuous existence, their fragile forms, continuous metamorphoses, and inevitable decay. In a contemporary manner, Encyclopedia of Flowers immerses the reader in a universe of extraordinary beauty while at the same time addressing dichotomies such as durability and vanity, artificiality and nature, hybrid culture and environmental change. This volume by the Japanese “haute-couture” florists includes an introduction by Makoto Azuma and an index identifying all of the more than 2,000 featured species with their binomial names.

You can purchase this book at Japanese design shop.

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String strainer by Taku Omura

“String strainer” was designed by Taku Omura of oodesign. Thanks to the eco-friendly resin “UNI-PELE”, it is possible to adjust openings of the strainer. That makes it easier to keep the strainer clean. It won the grand prix at the Kawasaki industrial design competition 2011.

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Calm trees iPad stand

Calm trees iPad stand is part of “Sample project” promoted by designer/creative director Toshihiko Sakai.

There are so many trees that are not suitable for building material because of their shapes. These trees are often left in woods as transporting those trees is too expensive to justify. Sample project has bought those trees and created new products. Using timber from forest thinning is becoming a popular way to make use of trees, but Sample project has another approach in order to rejuvenate the Japanese forest industry.

“Calm trees” iPad stand looks like a polished stone. It is handmade and polished one by one, so each product has different shape. Size S can hold iPad only horizontally, and Size L can hold iPad either horizontally or vertically. A simple but practical iPad stand. Compatible with iPad/iPad2

Calm trees iPad stand is available to purchase here.

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