1) Tagei convertible furniture table
Designer: Akemi Kanata company
Tagei is a a coffe table that can transform into a seating bench by folding up and down the cover layer. Made from plywood, bamboo wood. Tagei is a friendly enviromental table, a good choice for people who need extra seat for a party, but saving space.
I think this kind of table is really smart, interesting, simple. I like the way it transforms to extend the space and saving space for the users, very convinient.
2) Rolu by metaphys
Designer: Chiaki Murata
A simple paper roll with the frame made from steel, aluminum, ABS or brass. There are the dot lines on every 10mm on the paper.for the users take note at all size.
Size: W93mm x H38mm x D74.5mm, φ65mm×H88mm (Memo papers)
Material: Brass, aluminum, ABS
The design is ellegance, simple and it is very useful for the officers. I thinkthey should make different size of the paper for the users.
3) Obama action figure
Designer: unidentified, Rinkya stores
Very stunning design, made from plastc and composite fibre by using molding, 3D printing. Obama action figure show off a rambo president.
Originally, all the action figures usually are the manga, anime, movies stars, game characters. But this time it seems the real famous people in politic also be a target to develop Japanese toy market
4) Men bra
Website: global.rakuten.com, uk.reuters.com
Designer: Wishroom, Rakute inc
The design is just simply redesign the ordinary women’s bra to fit to men’s physical identities. The data from Rakuten inc is this product always out of stock.
Honestly, this design to me, who is traditional, is a shocking bomb. To the people who fight for gender equal right, it is an advance. To the people who belong to the third gender it is another achievement to recognise their place. But like the other beginning of a new design that against the common view, storm at beginning, but could be an evolution later, who know.
5) Lessev mobile station
Designer: Iwatani corporation
Made from composite and synthetic plastic, the design help the users remove the tidiness of cable in their working place and bring the wider, higher concentration space to them.
Simple, geometric, biological are all the word I could describe this object. It remind me the ideaology of Bill Gate, he thinks the best design shouldn’t connect with the bund of the cables. So I think Lessev mobile station is one answer for his ideaology.
6) Land peel
Website: Design boom.com
Designer: Shin Yamashita, Kyoto Institude of Technology.
Base on traditional floor matches Tatami of Japan, Shin Yamashita designed a floor match that could transform into differen form to serve multi functions, watching tivi, studying, reading, rest, or seat. After using the furniture can be put in its original position simply with lift up and down.
In my opinion, this design is very creative base on the background of Japanese tradition. The flexibility of its design is the main point make me feel interested. It seem we could develop different things from a traditional idea.
7) Kirobo robot project
Designer: Dentsu project team, Tokyo University project team, Robo Garageproject team, Toyota project team and cooperated with JAXA
With a lot of passion for the future technology, society, the Japaneses made Kirobo with the main aim of human’s assistants for the elder people, children and people of all age who are living in a more individual, less traditional communicative environment. Kirobo is a small robot with 34cm height and 1kg weight. He is a new iconical emblem of Japanese technology.
The Kirobo is a new achievement of Japanese technology. I like the way it will interact with human and I think in the future, if the robot everywhere with some better interface I think there will be an revolution in human’s society. Imagine my assistant is a robot with the Miku’s figure, will make me feel wonderful. However I can’trefuse the important of traditional society beside the advance of technology.
8) Futaba convertible furniture
Designer: Akemi Tanaka company
“Futaba” means two leaves sprouting from one seed in Japanese, that means two functions in one. Futaba furniture is designed to transform from a simple coffee table to a couch by flapping the cover piece. The furniture piece is made from bamboo ply wood.
This type of furniture is simple geometric, elegance and the way it transform from a table to seating couch like a miracle book that surprise the users. It is perfect for the people who need some extra seat for the guest in their living room.
Ferenbacher J, 2005, Futaba convertible furniture, updated 28 December, viewed 6 September 2013.
9) Butterfly stool
Designer: Sori Yanagi
Butterfly Stool is made from molded plywood and metal bar, the design look very simple, biological, and futuristic. Base on the abstractive image of the butterfly, the stool is a transformatiom between the organic life and industrial design.
I think this stool look beautiful, lovely and romantic. However, I feel a little bit unstable under the seating piece, because if the overweight people sit on it and shake or lean their body, there will be high risk of broken. So this stool is suitable for art exhibition, or specific target users rather than the general use.
10) Floating vases/Ripple
Designer: Taku Omura
Baseon the abstractive image of the ripple on the water surface, Omura made a vase from acrylic. When put it on a fist tank a water tank it will be almost invisible. There will be a very fantasy scenery when the user put the flowers on the vase, they will look like they are floating on the water.
I really like this type of design, it gives me a new view of how we interact with water to create a futuristic, fantasy atmostpheric. I think this is a true evidence for the relationship between the magic and design with technology.