A Better Suitcase With a Roll-Up Lid That's Never In the Way

It means you'll be sacrificing a bit of storage space, but Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano's new Nendo-designed Kame suitcase has a clever segmented lid that rolls up when opened so it's not constantly falling down on you while you're trying to find a specific shirt. It also means you can open the suitcase in tight… » 3/16/15 1:20pm 3/16/15 1:20pm

This Umbrella's Unlosable Sleeve Is Always Hiding In Its Handle

An umbrella isn't any more or less effective if you keep it wrapped in that thin fabric sleeve when not in use, but many of us just prefer it that way. It makes it easier to stash in a bag, and yes, there's a sense of panic and disorder when it goes missing. Thankfully, Nendo has ensured that will never happen again… » 11/20/14 9:48am 11/20/14 9:48am

Transforming Gift Wrap Means You're Actually Giving Two Presents

If you've ever looked at a mountain of shredded wrapping paper after a birthday party or Christmas morning and felt guilty about the waste—even if you intend to recycle it all—then you'll surely appreciate Nendo's alternative gift wrap that turns into a reusable tote afterwards. » 11/10/14 3:32pm 11/10/14 3:32pm

A Clever Standing Umbrella Drips Dry On Its Own Two Feet

Sometimes all the extra effort required to carry an umbrella and deal with the soaking wet mess afterwards almost makes it seem like you're better off just facing the rain unprotected. But by simply adding a small pair of feet to the handle, the clever designers at Nendo have managed to make wrangling an umbrella a… » 11/04/14 11:21am 11/04/14 11:21am

These Lego-Like Ice Cream Villages Connect With Chocolate Bridges

Gingerbread has had the "edible holiday house" market cornered forever, but this season ice cream is making a delicious debut. (Yes, I am aware it's just barely September. Stay with me here; desserts—even the festive ones—are news year-round.) Nendo teamed up with Häagen-Dazs to design these sweet little villages that… » 9/04/14 12:50pm 9/04/14 12:50pm

Impossibly Adorable Glassware Inspired by Winnie the Pooh's Antics

Science hasn't gotten around to officially proving it just yet, but everyone knows it's all but impossible to hate Winnie the Pooh. Even though the yellow bear's admitted to stealing honey, harassing rabbits, promoting obesity, and other antics—that the designers at Nendo have captured in this adorable glassware… » 7/15/14 12:20pm 7/15/14 12:20pm

A Simple Design Improvement Keeps Your Glasses' Arms Safe From Harm

Unless you stash them in a case when you're not wearing them, the arms on your glasses are free to flop and flail about, increasing the risk of them getting bent or broken. It's admittedly a first world problem, but one that design studio Nendo has still solved with an improved nosepiece that now features a simple… » 6/24/14 6:20pm 6/24/14 6:20pm

The Gradient Markings On This Ruler Are Visible On Light or Dark Paper

Here's a simple but rather clever design improvement for clear plastic rulers that most of us would have probably welcomed back in grade school. Nendo's new Contrast Ruler features metric markings that fade from black to white, so no matter what color of surface you're working on and shows through, you can always… » 1/15/14 3:00pm 1/15/14 3:00pm

Elastic Cubes Take Rubber Bands Into the Third Dimension

For some reason mankind has been happy to settle for elastic rubber bands that only exist in two dimensions. So far they've served us mostly ok, but the talented designers at Nendo have realized that taking rubber bands into the third dimension vastly improves their usefulness. From securing rolled up documents, to… » 1/14/14 11:20am 1/14/14 11:20am

It's Hard To Imagine A Classier Ad For Cup Noodles

There's a special place in most of our hearts for instant ramen. Whether you have no time, no money, or no will to live, Cup Noodles is a comforting Styrofoam haven in a cruel world. But it's definitely associated with sterile corporate break rooms and bare-mattress-on-the-floor apartments more than pastel animations… » 10/20/13 11:29am 10/20/13 11:29am

Say Goodbye To Hex Wrenches: Furniture That Assembles With Coins

If you're a college student or a young professional in your first apartment, you're probably well versed in assembling Ikea furniture. But soon after, those vital hex wrenches always seem to go missing, and when it's time to move your bedroom set, it's off to the hardware store to try and find a replacement. So thank… » 7/05/13 4:00pm 7/05/13 4:00pm

Let Elecom's Faucet Stands Be the Closest Thing to Water Your iPad Ever…

Unless it's wearing a waterproof jacket, natch. These Japanese faucet stands for both iPad and iPhone are so much fun, and come in black, blue, white or transparent. No word on pricing or availability, I'm afraid. [DesignBoom] » 8/04/11 7:40am 8/04/11 7:40am

I Think the Glassblower Forgot to Take His Pipe Out of These Pretty…

Who knew that leaving attached the tool used to create these stunning blown glass lamps would make for such a beautiful effect? When hung together, they almost look like snowflakes sprinkling down from the sky. » 5/02/11 6:20am 5/02/11 6:20am

Wafer-Thin Speaker or Digital Rat Maze?

If I could afford these ceramic substrate speakers, a collaboration between japanese design firm Nendo and artist Mitsuke Masagasu, I would probably build a shrine around them. Then again, in all likelihood, I could never afford 'em. » 11/22/10 7:40pm 11/22/10 7:40pm

6.5-foot Nendo Kazadokei Is Son of Clock and Wind Turbine

Standing 6.5 feet tall, the Nendo Kazadokei is a clock with a second hand that measures almost 5 feet on its own. It just stands there, quietly moving its arms, waiting patiently to sever any innocent passerby's head or scoop out an eye from their skull. See it standing up in all its majesty after the jump.
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