Category Archives: Function Junction

The Tale Of Beedle The Needle

beedle the luminous needle by Hojoon Lim


Designer: Hojoon Lim

Did you ever think about color of a sewing needle?

It is so small, the hole in it is smaller yet and then it is colored in silver! Great color and brilliant way to make it transparent! There can’t be more innovative way to stress a sewer, a crafter, a user!

How many times you have lost it? How much time you have wasted searching for it?

How many times you have experienced a blur trying to insert the thread through the eye of the needle?

Are you not tired of the color of the needle? Do you know many crafters color code their felt needles?

But now all this would be changed.

Designer Hojoon Lim has come up with the idea of a beedle, a simple ingenious way to make our life comfortable by answering all the above needs. (I hear you are muttering under breath which sounds like this: why I didn’t think of this before!)

A needle + luminous colors + bee as inspiration =  Beedle

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2 in 1 by 3-1 Design

bookmark+ penholder

Coppa – bookmark cum pen folder

Designers: Kazuhiro Aihara, Tomoya Yoshida, and Miho Hara @ 3-1 Design

Know your material so well, so very well that when you create; the material becomes almost the product!

3-1 Design team has worked with simple material like cloth so well that the simple cloth has metamorphosed in some innovative and brilliant products. These products are going to be shown at DesignTide Tokyo 2010 which is still 2 days away.

So here is 2 other designs from 3-1 Design’s portfolio. Knowing the material well made 3-1 Design team create something simply functional and dual purpose (bookmark+pen holder)

bookmark cum penholder

making use of flexibility of wooden board for dual purpose

table with split pipe base

Table base of split pipe by 3-1 Design

Just little twist and tweak or say splits gave this table stunning look

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Fold, Hide, Pull


Designer: Ochre

This extremely functional furniture design is by Bengaluru based architects Ochre.

Pull, fold, hide, turn and tuck away in its niche when not needed. What a space saving design!

It can be your dining table, your breakfast bench or your work space.

I was going to post about some amazing architectural work done by Ochre architects but I loved this simple space saving design so much that I am posting it first.

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What a Lawnscape!

lawnscape by sam gensberg


Designer: Sam Gensberg

When functionality marries green –  imagine the result – obviously stunning. Extend your lawn, create your lounge and then merge both, you have this beautiful lawnscape!

Young designer Sam Gensberg from Philadelphia has a passion for sustainable design and graphics.

See here his other innovative and creative designs.

Toothbrush – Baby and Bamboo

If you want to start first thing in the morning with small eco steps …

Tokyo based Japanese company Fine has come up with two simple yet incredibly functional and green toothbrushes: Baby toothbrush – Posy ring-shaped toothbrush and Bamboo toothbrush – FINE eco 41.

posy baby toothbrush, Fine company ltd

Posy toothbrush

Designers: @ FINE

(Have you already started suffering from “why I didn’t think this before” syndrome like me!)


This ring – round shape of baby toothbrush has amazing functionality:

Toddlers are already familiar with this shape.

Children get used to brushing their own teeth (and that too happily!)

Has a safe design with a short neck and a ring-shaped grip.

Round shape prevents the head from reaching child’s throat.

The handle is too big to go into the mouth of a child, up to three years of age.

But is designed so that the back teeth can still be brushed.

Ring-shape of the toothbrush has an external diameter of 6.4 centimeters and the neck region is only 2.6 centimeters long.


Materials used are Polypropylene handle and Nylon bristle

Suitable for children aged 1 to 3 years.


Designers: @ Fine Company Ltd

You may even be using a bamboo toothbrush holder but have you heard of a bamboo toothbrush?

Fine Company Ltd. has showcased this bamboo tooth brush at Eco-Products 2008 Exhibition in Tokyo.

Made of bamboo and plant origin resin this toothbrush has increased durability, heat resistance but decomposes with zero carbon footprints.

The natural resin is made from bamboo fibers developed in Shizouka Prefecture.

In 2000 Fine Company Ltd has also introduced Epoch: 21 – an environment friendly toothbrush made of lactic acid-based biodegradable resin.

(images and info courtesy : Fine )

A clothes rack – Dino


Dino clothes rack

Designer: Lincoln Kayiwa @ Kayiwa Oy

This Helsinki based young designer has ability to turn everyday objects into utterly functional by lending an innovative touch.

Earlier it was TUKAANI eating device – chopsticks made easy for us (the uninitiated).

Now Kayiwa has dug up Dino in the form of clothes racks. I love the flowing form and it is very functional too. It can be put in a wardrobe, cloakroom, boutique, and foyer. Because of it’s different size and height hangers; children and adults can use with much ease. Hangers are numbered for public places.

Linclon Kayiwa designs environment friendly, functional & beautiful products and produces from his own product design company Kayiwa.

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