Tsutsumu Business Card Holder by Hirotaka Satoh

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Tsutsumu

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Business Card Holder

INSPIRATION:
Tsutsumu Card Case was brought to life based on the Japanese custom of wrapping valued items carefully, such as "furoshiki (a large piece of cloth used to wrap objects)," "noshibukuro (a special envelope used for gifts of money)" and "fukusa (a square piece of cloth used to wrap the noshibukuro)." It is made by folding a piece of high-quality leather - beautifully, like origami - without using a single piece of fastening material. TSUTUMU is designed to gently wrap your valuable business cards.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Card cases that do not use stitches or hardware at all, as long as they are investigated, do not exist in the market. Usually, we use thin leather for the card case. Tsutsumu is also characterized by a very compact size despite the use of thick leather. And it is a symmetry and extremely simple design.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
A semicircular cutout can be felt under the cover without looking, so you can quickly and smoothly remove your card from the case without looking down.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
2016 Designed by Hirotaka Satoh, 2017 OMOTENASHI selection (Japan), 2018 Asia Design Prize (Korea), 2018 IDEA (International Design Excellence Award) (USA), 2019 iF Design Award (Germany)

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Simple design seems easy at first glance, but it is very difficult to complete. No glue, no stitches, no rivets.Without using any stitches or hardware, it was difficult to make shape by just folding leather. In order to realize this design like "origami", we needed to find a leather with suitable characteristics. At last, We found best one, Italian Vachetta Leather (Elbamatt, Tempesti, Toscana). The soft and pleasant texture of the leather becomes better and richer as it ages. It is a palm-size masterpiece that looks stylish in business situations while also expressing users' elegance.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 96mm, Depth 62mm, Height 15mm, Weight 40g

TAGS:
Card case, Leather, Vegetable tanning, Japan, Origami

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Vegetable tanning is a tanning process taking inspiration from nature and - in full harmony - to nature going back.Vegetable-tanned leather does not contain any toxic substance harmful to man and is highly tolerable for those who suffer from metal related allergies.Vegetable-tanned leather productive cycle is strictly monitored to ensure a low impact on the environment. No animal is killed for its skin. On the contrary, the raw hides used for Tsutsumu are the discarded by-products of the food industry producing meat for human consumption.

CHALLENGE:
Without using any stitches or hardware, it was difficult to make shape by just folding leather. In order to realize this design like "origami", We developed our own design.Wrap the business card with three flaps, the top one is just a cover. Since there are no hardware, you can open and close the cover without any stress.

ADDED DATE:
2019-02-28 10:28:23

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Hirotaka Satoh Creative Director & Designer

IMAGE CREDITS:
Hirotaka Satoh

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Japanese registration of design (No.1595193)

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
SYRINX

PROFILE:
"SYRINX" was established in 2016. In order to bring new value to life, we started to develop leather items with minimal design and excellent functionality. Then our "logical and unique" products are highly evaluated both inside and outside of Japan.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Tsutsumu Business Card Holder by Hirotaka Satoh is a Nominee in Art Materials, Stationery Supplies and Gift Items Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Tsutsumu Business Card Holder by Hirotaka Satoh is Winner in Art Materials, Stationery Supplies and Gift Items Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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