The thing about sci-fi-esque House 01 — a project designed by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects — that surprises me the most is that it’s currently under construction. See this post over at Designboom for more details.
Naoto Fukasawa developed the cuckoo clock seen above for a collaborative project between Isetan and the moreTrees forest conservation NPO — the clock is made of timber from over-planted forests. During Tokyo Design Week, Isetan Living hosted an exhibition that saw 50 artists and designers offer their take on the clock — you can see the clocks in this post over at Designboom.
DoCoMo, Sharp, Olympus, and “reforestation group” More Trees have collaborated on a new mobile phone, the “Touch Wood,” using “excess materials collected during forest thinning.” No word on any official release just yet, but it’ll show up at this week’s CREATEC JAPAN 2009 at Makuhari Messe (October 6-10). Via PSFK.