My heart skipped a few beats when I saw the latest design for a storage system by Kayiwa, a Finnish design company.
This brightly colored wall unit contains cut-out alphabetized letters which act as individual shelf space for books, CDs and magazines. Tall enough to be used as a room divider, the AAKKOSET also comes in different colors such as black, blue, green, orange, red, violet, white and yellow.
The AAKKOSET is not the first good design idea by Kayiwa, founded by Lincoln Kayiwa. Previously, Kayiwa presented a new design for traditional chopsticks in the form of the elegant TUKANNI chopsticks.
The TUKAANI is constructed from one continuous piece of silver which is looped around to form a tong-like device. Think ergonomic pasta grabber. Its non-slip surface and taut movement allow the diner to have more control over the motion of eating than traditional chopsticks. TUKAANI is Finnish for the toucan bird species, and the design was inspired by a Toucan’s bill.
Lincoln Kayiwa, originally from Kampala, Uganda, graduated with a Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH in 2007. In 2008 he started his own company – Kayiwa – and currently resides in Helsinki, Finland.
*Photos courtesy of Kayiwa.