KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD 2020

KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD2020

2020 Theme: “♡
We have received 1,377 works from in and out of Japan (771 from Japan and 606 from overseas).
The 10 designs that passed the first round judging will undergo final judging on March 14, 2020.
One Grand Prix winner and three Merit Award winners have been selected.

Grand Prix

Somewhere, Sometime

OBAKE (Natsuki Tomoda, Mai Miura)
title
Somewhere, Sometime
creator
OBAKE (Natsuki Tomoda, Mai Miura)

Description

This pencil has a past life. It is crafted from scrap wood that should have already disappeared from the world. The address and material name written on the side of the pencil tell the location of the former building and piece of furniture that this scrap wood was part of. The uneven feel and stiffness, that faint scent, the scratches, those tan lines, the color of the paint, the grain... You will find that each individual pencil is like no other, from the instant you first hold it. Memories only known to this wood are transferred to the pencil, and will live on. Try to picture some time that is not now, and somewhere that is not here.

OBAKE (Natsuki Tomoda, Mai Miura)

Merit Award

Music Box Tape Cutter
Shouta Toriyama, Shun Yanagisawa

title

Music Box Tape Cutter

creator

Shouta Toriyama, Shun Yanagisawa

Description

This tape cutter has been embellished with elements of a music box. We have crafted it so that beautiful sounds play as you pull the tape. The sound the tape cutter plays when you pull the tape helps you intuitively measure its length, so you can cut it to just the right amount as you use it. You can also enjoy listening to it longer than usual, for example when something good has happened, or when you have put in your favorite tape. This submission allows you to enjoy using tape sensuously through your ears and eyes.

Dearhearts
Yohei Yamakawa

title

Dearhearts

creator

Yohei Yamakawa

Description

From the moment you press “Dearhearts” to when the battery runs out, this broach-shaped IoT device will continue to send its current location and SOS messages at regular intervals. Parents’ hearts want to know where their children are in case something happens, while children’s hearts feel rebellious about having their parents always know where they are. Secretly though, they want to ask for help when something really happens. And their parents want them to ask. We wanted to answer those kinds of needs in parent-child relationships.

FROM TREE TO FOREST
Tuncay Ince

title

FROM TREE TO FOREST

creator

Tuncay Ince

Description

The product is a visual and functional stationery design that refers to the relationship between tree and human, forest and society. The product; pencils symbolize the tree trunk and sticky notes symbolize the tree branches. When we put the pencils side by side and nest the sticky notes together, they form the forest form. As you use the sticky notes, sharpen the pencils, reflects destruction of trees, depletion of forests to users. In recent years, the destruction of forests in the world began to occur frequently. We humans, if we do not feel this terrible situation and take precautions, we will end our own. The main purpose of this product is to make the users feel this situation and make them more respectful and protective of nature.