By Rob Beschizza at 10:23 am Wed, Dec 3, 2008
The winner of the Muji's International Design Competition's third annual gold prize is Yuki Iida's Straw Straw. It is a straw that's actually made from a piece of straw.
Muji International Design Competition [Muji via Design Boom via Interior Design Room via Book of Joe via Gadget Lab]
If I’m not mistaken the first drinking straws were made of straw, hence the name. Could I win a design competition by carving a wheel out of stone?
“The earliest drinking straws were hollow stems of grass, literally made of straw.”
Yep, sure seems like an unoriginal idea.
MUJI is anti-originality.
It’s a celebration of the most mundane aesthetics and ideas. The “straw” won because it was overwhelmingly uninspiring, which is the perfect Muji model.
People who sucker themselves into thinking that Muji is somehow good and new in anyway needs to carefully pull their head out of their ass and realize they just spent $7 on a dollar store item.
It took me about 20 seconds to realize that I wasn’t looking at a straw inexplicably coming down out of a smoke detector.
Damn…now i’m all freaked out about smoke detectors trying to suck away my brains!
in the UK, Muji have the prices in pounds with Japanese Yen underneath. If you work out the exchange rate you see that the sterling prices are 2-3 times higher than the yen.
Actually, the second-place outdoor paper trash bag is pretty good. The only small issue is the size of the hole, which only just fits a bottle going in lengthways, but that should actually be big enough for all bottles, cans and random trash that you might make while picnicking.
We used to drink apfelsaft (apple juice) with straw straws when I was a kid living in Germany in the early 60s.
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