Kokuyo Design Award Entries
This is a yearly competition held by Japanese stationery brand Kokuyo to attract aesthetic functional product designs and take the best entries to the consumer market. The theme for this year was ‘Breaking Boundaries’ and the aim was to create a tool that could nurture, revive or strengthen relationships between people across the many boundaries in today’s society. I approached each entry by defining a boundary that people may face and tried to resolve it in the most unobtrusive way, while also aiming to meet my personal interpretation of the brief. I wanted to create a tool that two people on different sides of a boundary could use in the same manner or use to connect to one another, or a tool that one person could use as they cross from one side of a boundary to another.