Category Archives: Product Design

Kokeshi Matches

KokeshiMatchesIf you’ve been following Cari Mateo for awhile, you know that we have a deep respect and fascination for Japanese art and culture. Stumbled on to this collection of matchsticks designed by Japanese artist, Hiromi Hirasaka, and knew we had to post it. The artist began by drawing match faces by hand then decided to hand stamp the faces for mass production. Would love to get some of these Kokeshi Matches but unfortunately like many Japanese products they are available only in Japan.

Images: Courtesy of Hiromi Hirasaka.

L & G Studio

L&G-StudioWould love a trip to Seattle to attend a chime making workshop at L & G Studio. Love the simple compositions of their handmade chimes. The pieces rotate, reflect sunlight and make delicate chime sounds. Dylan Davis and Jean Lee founded Ladies and Gentlemen Studio in 2010. They write on their website:

“Our simple motto is to always stay curious and never stop playing.  We do this by constantly exploring diverse creative avenues and design disciplines.  Our open-minded approach allows us to continuously further push our experiences and visions beyond the horizon.”

Images: Courtesy of L & G Studio.

 

Thisispaper

ThisIsPaper

If I lived in Warsaw, Poland I would probably try to get a job at this studio, Thisispaper. The multidisciplinary design studio was founded by Alexander Zakharov and Zuzanna Gasior. Really liking these bags and rucksacks in their shop, particularly the labeling of these items. Here are a few things they have written about themselves on their website:

“At Thisispaper Shop we source and make items that are lasting, sustainable and well-designed, which we believe should be a norm, not luxury.”

“We value timeless over trendy, few over many and plain over fancy – that’s probably the most condensed way of putting into words what Thisispaper Shop is about.”

“All of them (products) are made with respect for the Earth’s scarce resources and little concern for passing trends.”

Product Tag Line:  “What we save, saves us”.

Images: Courtesy of Thisispaper.