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Tag: Industrial Design

Apple Kendama by Yasuhiro Suzuki

It is perhaps one of the most famous anecdotes in the history of science. In 1666, a young Isaac Newton is sitting in his garden when an apple falls on his head. In a stroke of brilliant insight, he comes up with a theory of understanding gravitational force. Applying that anecdote to play is artist Yasuhiro Suzuki, who came up with the idea of replacing the ball of a kendama with an apple......

Colored Pencils Modeled After Traditional Japanese Flowers

Japan has a rich appreciation for flowers like sakura (cherry blossoms) and kiku (chrysanthemums), which are practically national symbols. Deeply ingrained in the culture as part of the country’s appreciation for the 4 seasons, Japan even has a language of flowers (花言葉) that associates different emotions with plants. Now, a Japanese designer has adopted 5 […]

MinimLET: A Portable Toilet Kit Designed for Disaster Preparedness

In the event of a natural disaster, a person’s most basic needs — food, water, shelter, electricity — are often compromised. But one necessity often overlooked is the availability of working toilets. In the wake of recent natural disasters in Japan such as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and the Kumamoto earthquakes of 2016, Tokyo-based design […]