Arts Illustrated

April 9, 2020

Clear Radar

The transparent eraser is not a break-through idea. No childhood is complete without the excuse of the rainbow-coloured pseudo-rubber sticks destroying homework. But after five years of extensive research, Japanese stationary company Seed, which has been producing high-performing and high-quality plastic erasers for over 50 years now, has finally developed the absolutely transparent eraser that lets you see what you are erasing! Titled Clear Radar, the eraser is made of a flexible material and special fabric that doesn’t break easily. With an erasing capability that has been tested by Japan Eraser Manufacturers Association (JEMA), Clear Radar is a phthalate-free PVC eraser, devoid of substances that are known to cause several undesirable effects when exposed to the human body. The entire eraser is transparent, so you can now make sure to erase only the characters you want to. Maybe not the break-through we really need, but at the small price of $1.40 (for the large version), who wouldn’t want an upgrade!

All Images Courtesy of Seed Co., Ltd.


Ruutu, Erkkeri and Fleurs – Imperfections
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Ruutu, which means diamonds in Finnish, is a collection of vases – the Paris-based Bouroullec brothers’ true masterpiece. The delicately simple mouth-blown glass vase belies an elaborate process that requires seven master craftsmen a total of 24 hours to produce. The result is a perfectly symmetrical form that expresses the purity of the glass, mouth-blown in a wooden mould. This year, Ronan and Erwan imagined some of the Ruutu vases in ceramic and added a special edition of Erkkeri vases in new geometrical forms and an impressive 500 mm size. They completed the entire series with Fleurs, some glass flowers, made of two diverse materials – delicate glass and rough iron. Iittala, the Finnish design brand well-known since 1881 for its strong design roots in glasswares and art glass, recently presented the entire series at the exhibition titled Imperfections, during the Stockholm Design Week 2020. The exhibition reflected the relationship between the perfect and imperfect in nature and design, with special attention on the charm of, well, imperfections.


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