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Oji Masanori’s hemispherical piggy bank is also a planter

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a tree now stands where my savings once stood

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Industrial designer Masanori  Oji’s latest piece is this nifty, thrifty piggy bank. Shaped like a hemisphere, it tilts in different ways as you pour in more savings. And like most piggy banks, you’ll need a hammer and some commitment to break the bank. But instead of just throwing away the shards, Oji’s poetic solution took a page from the aesthetics of wabi sabi – specifically, the belief that nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is finished.

His “bank of tilt” is designed to shatter in such a way that it can poetically be reincarnated as a planter. And as you’ll see from the pictures below, a tree now stands where my savings once stood.

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P2100018photo by Oji Masanori

P11497489_rgbphoto by spoon & tamago

Oji’s piggy bank was on display at the te te te expo, a lovely little trade show I had the pleasure of attending in Tokyo last week.

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