Jean Snow's 2009 Design Top 5
by Jean / January 1, 2010


From Tokyo, Jean Snow's unique perspective on Japanese design yields five notables - from compact prefab to sticky notes.



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PACO

Jo Nagasaka (Schemata Architecture Office) comes up with the perfect solution for pre-fab/temporary housing with the all-in-one living unit Paco. Amazingly compact, yet remarkably functional.




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READING LAMP

Jun Yasumoto collaborates with Alban Le Henry, Olivier Pigasse, and Vincent Vandenbrouck on the Reading Lamp, a side lamp (or yes, reading lamp) that automatically turns off when you place your book on it. Even doubles as a bookmark!




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YAMAGIWA COLLECTION

Earlier this year, light manufacturer Yamagiwa launched a collection featuring lamps by a who's who of today's Japanese designer celebs. My favorites were Tokujin Yoshioka's ToFU, Naoto Fukasawa's Wan, and Shiro Kuramata's K-Series.




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KUDAMEMO

The Kudamemo is another fun design idea by D-BROS, this time sticky notes shaped like fruit. Even better, you can by them in "crates" of six, each individually wrapped like they would be at a grocery store in Japan.




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AWA

Nosigner collaborates with the Tokushima Wood-Bamboo Workers Association in creating the AWA line of beautiful wooden furniture. I really like the Triangle /Square /Rhombus magnetic desk organizers and the Hex sofa.


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