Designed to fit on personal desk or table at office like an objet, the unique and funny shape of this holder reminds us of the figure of smoke or bubble-gum, letting us enjoy watching while at work. The mouthpiece is permanently positioned to face up by setting a weight on the edge of the case to make it like a weighted toy tumbler.
Founded in 2004 by Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro, TORAFU ARCHITECTS employs a working approach based on architectural thinking. Works by the duo include a diverse range of products, from architectural design to interior design for shops, exhibition space design, product design, spatial installations and film making. Amongst some of their mains works are ‘TEMPLATE IN CLASKA’, ‘NIKE 1LOVE’, ‘BOOLEAN’, ‘HOUSE IN KOHOKU’ and ‘airvase’ . ‘Light Loom (Canon Milano Salone 2011)’ was awarded the Grand Prize of the Elita Design Award. Published in 2011were the ‘airvase book’ and ‘TORAFU ARCHITECTS 2004-2011 Idea + Process’ (by BIJUTSU SHUPPAN-SHA CO., LTD.) and in 2012, a picture book titled ‘TORAFU’s Small City Planning’ (by Heibonsha Limited).
Born 1979 in Japan, Kakuda moved to London in 2003, where he gained experience at design studios including Shin and Tomoko Azumi and Ross Lovegrove, and earned his MA at Royal College of Art, Design Products under Ron Arad and Kenneth Grange, on scholarship from the Japanese government. He returned to Tokyo in 2008 and joined MUJI as a product designer. In 2011 he established YOTA KAKUDA DESIGN in Tokyo, where he works in a variety of design fields, for both international and domestic clients.