WIRED FROM KOKUYO
WHAT ARE THE KOKUYO DESIGN AWARDS?The KOKUYO DESIGN AWARDS is a competition to attract beautifully functional product designs,
taking the best of the best to the actual consumer market.
Last year, we received a total of 1,659 entries from product designers in more than 41 countries,
including Japan (1,232 from Japan; 427 from overseas).
This level of interest shows just how much the KOKUYO DESIGN AWARDS has grown as an international product design competition.
Past awards winners have included hit products like the kadokeshi (eraser),
the Campus Note Paracuruno (notebook), the Beetle Tip (highlighter pen), and the Wagomu (rubber band).
2016 Theme: HOW TO LIVE
We have received 1,307 works from in and out of Japan (929 from Japan and 378 from overseas).
The 10 designs that passed the first round judging will undergo final judging on November 30.
One Grand Prix winner and three Merit Award winners have been selected.
title Raw Stationery
creator AATISMO (Daiki Nakamori / Keita Ebidzuka)
The rod-shapes are stationery as materials. I wanted to bring out the original simplicity of stationery tools, like drawing a pattern on the ground with a branch, and the one-on-one relationship that develops by adding your own personal touch.
Things you often use. Things you hardly use. Things that you have been using all the time. Things that you threw away immediately. Things that you feel attached to. Things that you don’t feel any attachment to. A stamp that suggests a new way of doing things and rethinking the relationship between you and your personal belongings.
Manga packing tape
Packing tape printed with cartoon frames, speech balloons and special-effect lines. By drawing the story behind the gift, or the thoughts of the sender, you can visually add feelings to the gift.
Fit tape cutter
(Nanae Ishikawa / Kohei Maeda)
The tape cutter fits perfectly on your thumb and it feels as if you are cutting with your own hand. Having the blade on the top of the end of your nail gives a comfortable cut and the lightness felt by the integration of the cutter with the finger deepens the connection between the person and the tool.