Category Archives: Industrial design

Winners of Red Dot Design Award 2009

The red dot design award team submitted us the 2009 winning concepts from Japan. Here are the three concepts: Designer: Ben Ryuki Miyagi Made by folding and gluing layers of industrial felt, Elephant Seating draws conceptual content from many elements of design history. The result is a sofa that is mysterious yet humorous, soft yet dense, and conceptual yet practical. Designer: Mac Funamizu The Looking Glass Concept predicts a future where a single mobile device for place visualisation can offer a touch screen, a built-in camera, a scanner, WiFi connectivity, access to Google Maps (and hopefully Google Earth), Google searching, and image searching. Designer: Ghassan Baghdadi, Tomohiko Hirata Giraf has … Continue reading

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“Light Pool” by KDDI

Japanese mobile network provider KDDI has released “Light pool” by collaborating with product designer Hironao Tsuboi and visual artist Masakatsu Takagi.  The phone contains 22 super luminosity LEDs, and that makes it possible to have over 100 patterns of movements of the light.

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Canon NEOREAL in Milan Design week

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White noise machine by Yuri Suzuki

Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki designed “White noise machine” in Delhi, India. This machine calculates the quantity of street noise and generate the same amount of “white noise”.

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Sori Yanagi exhibition in Yokohama

Legendary Japanese designer Sori Yanagi’s work will be exhibited at Yokohama museum art gallery from July 7th, 2009. Yanagi’s design is well known for its simplicity and functionalism and is considered as one of the most important designers in the history of Japanese industrial design.”Butterfly stool” has been selected for permanent collection of MoMA in New York and Pompidou center in Paris. Sori Yanagi exhibition, July 7th – August 31st.  Yokohama art museum gallery. 3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa. ___________________________________ SPONSORED by cataci.com / the global platform for creative people “Caomaru” designed by Makiko Yoshida 28Euro or 38.75$* *Price is based on Euro and may be subject to change

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Architect Sou Fujimoto with Lexus

Lexus has been working with some of the top Japanese creators since they started participating in Milan Design Week. This year they chose architect Sou Fujimoto. The title is “Lexus – L finess Crystallized wind”. It is all made of acrylic. Press Release Lexus will return to the Milan Design Week this year with an art exhibition entitled ‘Lexus L-finesse – crystallized wind -’, a combination of Lexus L-finesse design philosophy and the very finest in contemporary art, architecture and design elements from Japan. The exhibition will take place in Milan’s Museo della Permanente art gallery from 22 to 26 April as part of the world’s largest design exhibition, the … Continue reading

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Mobile phones by Yaoi Kusama

Japanese mobile phone manufacturer KDDI and internationally renowned artist Yaoi Kusama collaborated and released a new mobile phone series called “iida”. These are very exclusive models since there are lots of manual works and high-tech involved. Even though these phones are based on Kusama’s art works, function wise, they are also very sophisticated. These phones will be released in Japan as a limited edition series, and they will come with Kusama’s signature. Dots of Obsession – happiness with full of polka dots This is a combination of mobile phone and its box, based on Kusama’s work “Infinity Mirror Room – Phali’s Field” in 1965. My dog “Lin Lin” A mobile … Continue reading

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au design project x YAMAHA

KDDI, one of the largest mobile phone operators in Japan, and YAMAHA collaborated, and exhibited their latest work, which combines a mobile phone and instrument.

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New multi-function mouse by Canon

Canon announced that it will release a new multi-function mouse (mouse/calculator/keypad) in July. It will be available in Japan for 3500 yen or 33 dollars. You can transfer the result of calculation to your computer.

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TENORI-ON, new musical instrument by Yamaha (part-2)

What is unique about TENORI-ON is not just the way it is played, but also the way it is shown. As you press each key, the backside of the instrument lights up. This is something new in the electronic music scene. Because in the electronic music scene, we always see a musician looking at a computer monitor, but TENORI-ON makes it possible for audience to enjoy the music visually. In the UK, a limited number of TENORI-ONs was sold to some musicians and already received lots of attention. Apparently, Bjork is planning use TENORI-ONs for her next tour.

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