Japan Archive

Share a piece of the earth – the earth color origami and crayons

子どもの頃、おりがみのカラフルな配色に目を輝かせていた方も多いのではないでしょうか?現在のおりがみは、イラストが入っていたり、顔が描かれていた り、デザイン力もアップしています。そんな中今回紹介するのは、地球を丸ごと感じられるユニークなおりがみ「地球色のおりがみ」です。

JAXAの地球観測技術衛星「だいち」が記録した、世界各地の画像データを様々な領域で利用するプロジェクト「Share a piece of the earth」から生まれた、地球のビジュアルがプリントされたおりがみとなっています。

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「地 球色のおりがみ」は、北海道から沖縄まで、日本各地のさまざまな衛星画像をプリントしたおりがみとなっており、日本各地のカタチを写真で楽しむことができ ます。通常のおりがみとして楽しむのはもちろん、パズルのように日本のカタチを並べてみたり、新しい日本のカタチを作ってみたりと、想像次第で遊び方が無 限に広がるアイテムではないでしょうか?


おりがみと同時に衛星画像から抽出した特徴的な色をまとめた「地球色のクレヨン」も登場。地球色のおりがみに新しい地球のカタチを描くことができそうです。遊びの中にも地球の素晴らしさを感じられる、素晴らしいアイテムだと思います。

The above is origami using satellite images of Japan. The earth color crayons feature characteristic color of the earth.

http://shareapieceoftheearth.com/

“Big Love” special charity version by Alessi

These “heartful” spoons are produced as a special charity project for Japan earthquake by Alessi. A part of sales will be donated for recovery.

そして、スプーンの裏側には『Alessi for Japan』というメッセージが刻印されています。
このハートスプーンの売上金の一部は東日本大震災の支援と復興のため義援金として寄付されます。

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Naoto Fukasawa: infobar for iida

‘infobar A01 – nishikigoi’ android™ 2.3

it has been eight years since the release of the first-generation ‘infobar’ cell phone by japanese designer naoto fukasawa
for mobile phone producer iida. collaborating together once again, the newest edition, ‘infobar A01′ references the
formal DNA of the first-generation device, with the smartphone re-design exhibiting the same signature tile-like keys,
hand fitting form and similar palette of colors as its predecessor.

‘infobar A01 – chocomint’ android™ 2.3

‘infobar A01 – hacca’ android™ 2.3

‘infobar A01 – kuro’ android™ 2.3

‘infobar A01′ profile views

possible interface configurations

the phone’s user interface has been developed by web and interface designer yuugo nakamura.
the device’s home screen consists of a simple vertical window in which you can resize icons to press,
hold and freely rearrange. there is also the section bar which makes it easy to organize your home screen,
applications and widgets, whereby you can instantly move them to the location of your choice.
‘infobar A01′ runs on android™ 2.3 and will be available in july 2011.

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Japan Aid Projects: Posters, prints, shirts and more

Help Japan by Zac Neulieb. $22.50 printed on semi-gloss photo paper, 100% donated.

Japan by Daniel Freytag. £45.00 lithographic print in two colours, 100% donated.

Help Japan by James White. $29.99 high-quality print, 100% donated.

Japan Earthquake 2011 no.1 by Linda Nakanishi. $20 fine art print on white, cotton rag archival paper, 100% donated.

Help Japan by Rob Dobi. Multiple options, 100% donated.

Help Japan by w+k Studio. One-color screenprint, multiple donation levels, 100% donated.

Print 07/365 by TheLivingConspiracy. $20 digital high quality fine art print, 100% donated.

Army for Japan t-shirt by Joshua Smith. $20 super soft Tultex ringspun cotton, 100% donated.

I Love Japan by theartfulbadger. $1.25 button, 100% donated.

I Helped Japan by RhodricPhotography. $21 high quality print, 100% donated.

Japan Relief Poster by rojo foto. $15 poster, 100% donated.

Japan by Skreened. $26.99 American Apparel t-shirt, 100% donated.

There are no words to describe the collective devastation we all feel regarding the tragic events in Japan. Want to help? A number of designers have rallied quickly to produce posters, shirts and prints, the proceeds from which will fund recovery and aid operations currently underway in Japan and other affected areas. Images above are linked to their sources.

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Mutsumi Hashi Chopsticks and Tableware by O-E-Y

The Japanese design brand O-E-Y have produced a new set of chopsticks and dining accessories in bright, living color.  The Mutsumi Hashi Chopsticks are a range of chopsticks wrapped in colored Japanese paper twine and silk.  The are bound on their non-business end with a stylish loop, ensuring your pair does not get separated.  Along with these chopsticks are a set of napkin holders, wine markers and more that enjoy the same styling sensibility, with bright loops of color adding a nice accent to your next meal.  Bon appétit!  [Via O-E-Y]

High Quality Cutting Glass by Hanasho Edo Kiriko

Hanasho is the brand that Japanese cutglass called Edo Kiriko.

Via Hanasho – Edo Kiriko

The 9 Hours Capsule Hotel, Kyoto, Japan

The 9 Hours is the brand new capsule hotel unveiled by Tokyo-based Cubic Corp. Designed in a collaboration with designer Fumie Shibata of Design Studio S, it looks nothing like its predecessors and represents a revolution in the capsule concept.
The Nine Hours Capsule Hotel, Kyoto, Japan, by Fumie Shibata

Railway table by TOYO KITCHEN STYLE

Railway table by TOYO KITCHEN STYLE

Ojue, a vertical lunch box – METAPHYS

“From books and wallets to cell-phones and digital cameras, the content of any bag is full of “vertical elements.” So why do conventional lunch boxes, when placed flat in a bag have to remain as “horizontal elements”? Looking to resolve this issue, METAPHYS has created Ojue – a lunch box with a minimized base area that can be stacked vertically, allowing it to be placed neatly and freely even within the slimmest of bags. Comprised of three units, Ojue can be freely combined depending on appetite and physical condition, based on the idea of providing “vertical flexibility.”"

via: Metaphys.jp

±0 Wrist Watch – Naoto Fukasawa

“The strap of this watch simply threads through the back of the face, and so can easily be changed. Because there are no side pins to secure the watch straps in place, the watch looks like a clean and beautiful single entity. The simple feel of it, like a simple necklace made from a leather cord threaded through a ring, is good.”

Unfortunately, it’s available only in Japan :(

via: plusminuszero.jp