Goto uses nature to bring to life possibly one of the most uninteresting construction materials around. Colorful petals, seeds and leaves are sprinkled into cement before the mixture is set into large bowl and vase shapes.
The Kori Tote by Kunieda is still being fine-tuned, but the sample pictured here reveals that it takes its inspiration from kōri, large woven willow or bamboo storage boxes that hark back to the Edo Period (1603-1868).
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On the surface, the Nendo-produced mugs appear identical to the plain white mugs Starbucks uses, but if you flip them over (make sure it’s empty!), they look like they are filled to the brim with either an Americano, a latte or a caramel macchiato.
Newsed’s brightly colored recycled acrylic badges and car-seat-belt bow ties have already proved popular at museum shops and select stores, and this competition is one way the brand expands its unusual collection.
Feelt’s new trio of Desktop Organizers, which are made of a unique compacted blend of polyester and recycled PET fibers. Feelt’s DIY flat-pack RK-Chair, designed by Michihiro Hayashi, won a Kids Design Award this year for its clever use of the sturdy textile.