Category Archives: Product design

“GACHA” Autonomous Shuttle Bus by Muji

Finnish autonomous driving company sensible 4 and Japanese lifestyle brand Muji have launched the first driverless bus called “GACHA” for all weather conditions. It is expected to start operating in the city of Espoo, Finland in April 2019.

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Night book by Akii

Just by pulling it out like a book, a gentle light spreads from the crevices. By placing it in a bookshelf or between stacked books, it performs in the room poetically. Designed by Akii, and manufactured by Y.S.M products. Winner of iF Design Award 2019.

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ACO WRAP – Reusable wrap

“ACO WRAP” is reusable wrap made out of organic cotton, beeswax, and jojoba oil. It is washable and you can use it up to one year. It is all organic, so it can be treated as a biodegradable waste in the end. The color scheme is based on the traditional Japanese color scheme, and each wrap is handmade, dyed with highly skilled artisans of Kanai Kogei.

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50% off on “hope forever blossoming” flower vases

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

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“NANASAN” of Tomoe Kaho, confectionary in Shiga, Japan

“NANASAN” is a Japanese confectionary brand created by Tomoe Kaho based in Shiga, about a half hour drive away from Kyoto. What is special about “NANASAN” is all the ingredients are local – eggs, rice, fruits are all locally produced.Polyhedron-like shape is coming from the traditional Kohakuto. The art direction was done by Takahide Hashimoto (http://takahidehashimoto.com)

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Airvase by Takeo and Torafu Architects

Specialty paper company Takeo based in Tokyo, and Torafu architects collaborated and created “airvase” by using a single piece of paper. It was exhibited at Japan House in London.

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KOKUYO stationery series by Nendo

Japanese design studio Nendo has created a variety of adhesive products for Japanese stationery company KOKUYO. News release: http://www.nendo.jp/en/works/gloo/?erelease

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SUKI lighting collection by Baku Sakashita

Baku Sakashita’s SUKI lighting collection was exhibited at Designart Gallery at Francfranc Forestin Omotesando during Designart Tokyo. It is handmade using traditional skills, which make it look familiar but new at the same time. It is created by combining semi-translucent Japanese paper and thin stainless steel wire.

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Nendo aims to “design time” with collection of unconventional hourglasses

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SEBASTIAN CONRAN GIFU COLLECTION

The Sebastian Conran Gifu Collection is the result of a unique and ongoing collaboration between Sebastian Conran’s London design studio and 14 traditional makers based in the beautiful, natural surroundings of Gifu, Japan. It was showcased at Maison & Objet in Paris last week.

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