From a young age we are told to sit in a chair and draw on a table. However, what if the paper itself became the table? What if we were suddenly allowed to scribble on tables and floors? This is essentially the idea that Kobe Ishou Sourenjo (神戸意匠操練所), a group of 3 young designers, came up with.
The genius of Roll Table lies in its ability to transform a roll of paper into an actual drawing table. I know it sounds simple, but indulge me. While many art easels come with a roll of paper, it’s hidden from sight. By bringing it to the foreground and making the infinite qualities of a roll of paper more salient and perceptible – not to mention interactive! – Roll Paper manages to imbed a new dynamic into the act of drawing.
Since 2002, Kokuyo, purveyor of fine stationary supplies, has hosted an annual design award with varying themes. It’s actually one of my favorite awards in Japan and has produced some fantastic products. In 2011, the Roll Table took first place. The creators were given an award, as well as a promise that their design would become commercialized. After much tweaking and optimizing, it finally happened. Earlier this year Kokuyo produced a limited edition of 50 Roll Tables priced at around 17,000 yen (about $165). The initial run quickly sold out.
While we wait for the next run, the 2014 Kokuyo Design Awards are underway. In fact, the deadline of 6/30 is approaching. If you want to see your idea commercialized, head to their website and submit your proposal!