Asian Design Projects, Part 2

Aibo Entertainment Robot, 1999

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Designed by
Hajime Sorayama
Website
http://www.sorayama.net/

Concept
The Artificial Intelligence Robot, is a robot dog toy that is designed to react to changes in its environment and interact with humans.

Designed for
This futuristic looking toy was designed as a consumer ‘entertainment robot’, it became a successful product as it was marketed as a robot pet and was definitely the most advanced robot animal toy of its time. It’s appeal was felt throughout both Asian and Western markets.

Client
Sony Corp.
Website
http://www.sony.net/

 

X&I Scissors, 1983

CRI_129826

Designed by
Kazuo Kawasaki
Website
http://kazuokawasaki.com/

Concept
These stainless steel scissors are a challenge to the standard conventions of how a pair of scissors should look.  This striking rectangular design allures to a sense of strength and accuracy.

Designed for
The scissors are designed to be a high end kitchen appliance. The handmade quality and brand recognition means that these scissors weren’t available to many people at the time due to their price range.

Client
Takefu Knife Village
Website
http://www.takefu-knifevillage.jp/

 

Film Card Solar Calculator, 1982

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Designed by
Casio Computer Co.
Website
http://www.casio.com/

Concept
A very thin calculator that is able to fit into a wallet and also runs on solar power, negating the need for charging batteries.

Designed for
These Film Card Calculators are a product that were designed for almost everyone, of course the main appeal was to provide a small portable calculator that could be carried around and work at any time on the job, however having a small reliable calculator around the house also made this a very useful product in the 1980s.

Client
Casio Computer Co.
Website
http://www.casio.com/

 

Bubble Boy Speakers, 1986

CRI_228038

Designed by
Tomoyuki Sugiyama
Website
https://www.facebook.com/tomoyuki.sugiyama1

Concept
Playful speakers that stepped away from the ‘speaker box’ design and made a much more appealing and organic shape for a speaker enclosure.

Designed for
The Bubble Boy Speakers were designed to offer a less serious product for consumers who wanted small speakers around their household. Although not as remarkable by today’s standards, one should compare these speakers to those from computers in the late 90s, which were much bigger and bulkier 10 years later.

Client
INAX Corporation
Website
http://global.lixil.co.jp/

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