product design / graphic design

01 June 2018

nodate coffee

Want to have a coffee outside? Like Nodate, open air tea ceremony? Then, here is a set of portable coffee maker from Snow Peak, the very popular Japanese brand for camping outfit. The company was originally for metal wares, so that they are very good at such kind of products. The coffee mill on the left hand side is so compact that it looks like the one for pepper, and the coolest one is the metal dripper which looks so mechancal.  ( related page is here )


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28 May 2018


These look normal bike,  but they are acutually e-bikes from BESV, one of a BenQ group company. Their stylish design is well engineered, the power drive unit is quite compact and the bold frame is made of carbon fiber. It has smartphone connection of course, and can operate the system or record driving. Cool, isn't it?


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23 May 2018

Kanji character

This wooden plate in front of the temple gate is saying 碧巌録提唱 which means to study Kongan-Roku, one of the old Buddhist scriptures. The style of the hand writing is so unique that even Japanese can hardly read it, though.


How about this graphic poster? It looks Kanji character something like 月尺日月, but is alphabet which can read AREA. Strange?


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11 April 2018

rope chair

The rope chair is designed by Riki Watanabe 60 years before. Although this looks like a prototype or unfinished, it is the product which is selling for decades and even now. My impression to see the chair at the first time was the ropes seemed to be quite few to support human body, however the feeling of sitting was not bad actually. This gap may be one of designer's intension.


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06 April 2018

refill pouch

This is very good idea for soap bottle. The refill pouch is hung from the neck of the pump shaped bottle and seen from the outside. Although the graphics of the pouch have to be carefully designed, it's effective to minimize the plastic waste and environmental loading.


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19 March 2018


This unique hanger is for dry Udon, Japanese pasta which is made of wheat flour. I don't know whether it needed to be hung like this, though. The pleats of the paper package implies its contents, and the bamboo clips on the both end make the product look naturally and carefully made. This package may be too much just for a noodle, but excellent idea for creating value.


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14 March 2018


This chair, designed by Jin Kuramoto, has a unique structure which looks like the framework for a wooden ship. It must require craftman complicated joint technique and higher skill to build.


The seat is also made of wood and has a soft shape that is intended to fit human body.


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19 February 2018

natural material

This table light from Muji is probably designed by Naoto Fukasawa ( related page is here ). Simple geometric shape makes the appearance modern, but the natural materials make us feel comfortable. Especially I like the combination of the hand crafted Washi, Japanese traditional paper, and a block of wood. You can also choose gorgeous marble block instead, although it is very expensive unlike the other Muji products.


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14 February 2018

lovely illustration

These lovely package for AUDREY, the popular sweets shop, is by Yoshie Watanabe ( related page is here ).


The shape of skirts is impressive in the illustrations, and I think the low contrast of color scheme is also very unique. Her Kawaii world always attracts female customers and contributes the business.


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05 February 2018

Honda battery

I know Honda used to manufacture an electric generator utilizing small engine in their product portfolio, but this latest one is purely a powerful battery which supplys 500W maximum. Why Honda has to make a battery, not an engine? Well, an automobile company may not be an engine manufacturer any more. ( related page is here )


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