anything by michael sodeau

this is the anything range, by michael sodeau for japanese company suikosha. they have been out for over a year now, but i saw them again last week in twentytwentyone and remembered how much i like them.

there are six pieces in the set: a clock, a tape dispenser, a ruler set, a rubber, a stapler and a pair of scissors. i like everything about the set; the colours, the simplicity, the functionality. i like how the scissors have their own base, and how the end of the stapler is tapered so it can stand up flat on a table.

in fact the only reason i havn't bought them all yet is the price. while you can own the rubber for a mere £2.75, the scissors, tape dispenser and stapler are all £26-28, the clock is £47 and (almost ridiculously) the ruler set is £43.

definite luxury items, but very nice nonetheless.

marti guixe for alessi i saw the new alessi collection by spanish designer marti guixe today, and my eye was caught by two of the designs in particular. above is the 'communicator plant', which has a trunk and branches for holding notes (presumably green post-its for best effect), as well as the pot for holding everything else.

from the original article:

'collection of objects' by spanish designer martí guixé is a new series of household items for alessi. the pieces are designed to encourage interaction and play from its users. through his designs, guixé researches new ways of looking at objects rather than simply reinventing a form that fits into the traditional interpretations of function.

'objects have become tools for perceiving our daily reality, and also for communicating not only with objects, but also with other people through these objects. this collection is based on new typologies revolving around this concept.' -MG

the other product i liked best was the '24h sentence maker'. i've seen a few blank-clock-with-pen ideas before, but none with an explanation as strange as this:

24h sentence maker wall clock allows one to measure time with sentences. the hours are represented by words. 'is' is written in the middle of the clock connecting the words to create a new sentence every hour, 24 sentences a day. for example: 'design is desire'.

as well as the products, i love his sketches too!

via designboom

black and white clock this clock, by kibardin design, is very clever. it uses OLED's in each digit, with light sensors that ensure the right colours are always showing. there must be a crossover point between black and white, but i cannot imagine what that would look like. it reminds me of a couple of things, mainly the 3D digital clock by alvin aronson (which i did a post on here, which in turn reminded me of a scene from futurama).

apparantly, the designer is 'searching for a manufacturer'.

via boingboing gadgets

link to kibardin design