Friday, 28 January 2011

Design Thinking

This is one of those exercises in design which get you thinking differently (but that will unlikely ever be a commercial product!) Disposable chopsticks (waribashi) are a concern here in Japan – where millions of the things get used everyday. This is seen as a waste (partly of foreign forests), although as I've said before others have kind of opposite views.

But, somewhat ingeniously, Germany-based Japanese industrial designer Yuya Ishida decided to make a sofa that collapses into a chair out of them. (His waribashi obtained, it seems, in bulk from a local Chinese supermarket.) Pretty impractical, time consuming, and not looking all that comfortable – and of course not a way of disposing of those wasteful used ones – but since part of his expressed aim is to "create products that make people happy" this seems a good place to start.

Personally, I like his solution to seal stamps here in Japan (hanko) which are difficult to press on a solid flat surface (which is where you usually do have to press them). A rocking hanko! I want one. More design thinking on his website.
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