Design unit Hiilo thinks it’s a shame that we put postage stamps on the corner of letters, when the stamp itself is often picturesque enough to be a main feature. So, to give it the attention it deserves, Hiilo have come up with a postcard that frames the stamp — right in the center.
The Sabae Urushi Award, a brand new global competition, is looking for designs that will help modernize and popularize traditional Japanese lacquerware. This isn’t about simply designing an attractive cup or bowl — entrants are encouraged to think “outside the vessel” as well as consider using glass, metal, resin and even 3-D printing technology.
For fine dining a la mode, Issey Miyake and kilns in Arita are putting Japanese aesthetics on the menu
Arita in Saga Prefecture is celebrating the 400th anniversary of its ceramics industry, and as home to Imari ware, Japan’s oldest style of porcelain, many of its kilns have been working on an array of new contemporary designs.
Japan's 'Experimental Creations' at Milan Design Week
For Jun Murakoshi, those distinctive groove lines left behind by 3-D printing make for a happy design accident. By printing his So vase shapes from the bottom upward, he found that the concentric lines of 3-D printing are reminiscent of the lines visible on wheel-thrown pottery.
Whether Starbucks mugs or traditional Shigaraki ceramics, interior design is about the detail
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.
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.