Plus Minus Zero: 5th Collection

Plus Minus Zero, the Japanese company co-founded by the master of minimal design Naoto Fukasawa, just released its fifth collection. Consisting of a table clock, a thermometer, a timer, a card case, a fan and an electric water kettle, the latest exudes a sense of austerity that, somehow, only Japanese design achieves. The success in Fukasawa's designs stems not only from a rigorous paring of …

Split Ruler

A cleverly subtle (and totally Japanese) update to the classic wooden ruler, the Split Ruler by Tokyo-based Cina has a pencil-shaped cut-out for placing pens or pencils when not in use. The duo behind Cina are the same two behind the snowflake-patterned flash drives that have been circulating around the internet this week, but in this case we're more captivated by the reinvention of even …

MUJI Award 03

Design junkies take note, MUJI just announced the launch of its third MUJI AWARD International Design Competition. The theme for this year's awards is "Found MUJI," which is about discovering the benefits of old wisdom, and translating these ideas into design that works in tandem with our modern lifestyle. The inspiration of the competition and the seriousness with which it is judged (not to mention …