Infamous Japanese design studio Nendo headed by Candian-born Oki Sato is releasing their own stationary collection under the moniker “by | n”.
The “by | n” product collection will feature around 70 items* in total and previous items included the sweet & playful Chocolate Paint:
A more traditional range of products labelled “by | n meister” has generated – among other items – a twisted reinvention of the chop stick:
For four centuries, the town of Obama in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, has manufactured lacquered chopsticks. Obama’s lacquered chopsticks have been recognised as the hardest and most beautiful of Japanese lacquer chopsticks since the seventeenth century, when they became known as ‘Wakasa-nuri’. We designed new chopsticks in collaboration with Hashikura Matsukan, a manufacturer who continue Obama’s traditional manufacturing techniques today. Chopsticks ordinarily come in pairs, but the rassen chopsticks are a single unit. They’re separated into two for eating, then rejoined into one form when not in use. We used the artisans’ hand skills and a multi-axis CNC miller to create these unusual chopsticks.
The stationary collection is made up of 11 items for the time being and are being sold through the Sogo & Seibu Co., Ltd department stores in Tokyo and Yokohama. All products are inventively minimal and are meant to resolve small discomforts in life through the powers of design.*
Cubic Rubber Band
Most of these products have one thing in common, they ingeniously enable a simple everyday object to become multi-purpose. They offer a solutions to several common problems attached to each object. A personal favourite is the ruler which works on light and dark paper.