kaikado tea caddys

the japanese company kaikado was established in tokyo in 1875, and have now been producing these hand-made tea caddys for six generations.

the double-walled construction guarantees excellent air tightness and will protect tea leaves from humidity whilst helping them to maintain their scent. in addition to being  used for storing tea leaves, the caddies be used to hold a wide variety of foodstuffs, including english or chinese tea, as well as coffee, spices, and grain.

what i like most about them is how they age over time. the three materials, brass, copper and tin, all take on completely different looks as they get older.

they are available from postcard teas in the uk, with prices ranging from about £80 to £140, depending on size and material.

japanese brass bicycle bell

http://images.manufactum.de/manufactum/produktdetail/81585_1.jpg

i bought one of these bells as a present for someone once, i don't know why i didn't get one for myself too. available from manufactum, a company i have previously posted about that do all kinds of amazing products.

There was a time when the only problem facing quality goods was competition from goods of an even higher quality, now it seems that inferior goods are the main problem.

i've found myself needing a bell for my bike recently (actually, for both of my bikes), and this one looks and sounds good.

Is it a warning sign or is it a musical instrument? After hearing the first note (which hesitates for a moment at the beginning in the semitone range between B and B flat) you'd probably say "musical instrument" – it sounds so pretty, and the note is held so long. It doesn't say "Get out of my way" but "Here I am" with such charm that even the most hard-bitten pedestrian has no option but to dance gracefully to one side. On top of this is the pleasure of having such a delightful piece of mechanical art – in brass and with a nice variety of features – to look at while you're riding your bike.

and for only £13, maybe i should get two!

hacoa's wooden office things

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i was pointed in the direction today of a post on myturtleneck blog, which has some really cool posts by a brooklyn based creative director/graphic designer.

anyway, the post was about a japanese company that makes all kinds of office things out of hand crafted wood. from the original post:

The entire site is in Japanese, so I know nothing else about the company aside from what the product offering looks like. The best of the bunch, I think, are these wooden keyboard DIY kits. Wouldn't you love to hear what a wooden keyboard sounds (or feels) like when you tap the keys to type?

all of these products look really cool, and especially tactile. i think i want the animal usb's the most. now as soon as i find out how i can get hold of these i will!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/__BXF2oCwUd0/ShthAkn3mpI/AAAAAAAABQQ/wqp-eR0Tux4/s400/hacoa_USB_port.jpg

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thanks chloé!!

link to hacoa

link to myturtleneck