So, the news over the weekend was that MUJI announced the winners of their 3rd international competition, the “MUJI Awards.” Based on the “Found” theme designers were challenged to build on preexisting ideas from nature or from past generations and cultures. The winning entry was “Straw Straw” by Yuki Iida, an “almost too obvious design” (as judge Naoto Fukasawa commented) that takes the original shape of wheat straw and modifies it into straws for mass production.

One other entry that caught my eye was “Grandpa’s Nail Hook” by Masashi Watanabe.