Andrew Englisch | Creative Director | | Cool Hunting Tokyo – Japanese Lego
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Cool Hunting Tokyo – Japanese Lego

Cool Hunting Tokyo – Japanese Lego

As much as I love Lego and have been living a second childhood through my kids numerous brick based projects, it’s fair to say the little danish blocks aren’t exactly objects of beauty in their own right and can be downright dastardly when stepped on during a midnight dash to the loo. So during a recent trip to Tokyo I was excited to come across these clever little building blocks which are labeled as ‘Lego for the design conscious’. Called Tsumiki — Japanese for building blocks — the individual components can be stacked and arranged in a variety of formations to create unique sculptures. Just like traditional Japanese architecture the pieces are simple, functional and elegant and make a great creative tool for brainstorming and ideation. Designed by Kengo Kuma, one of Japan’s most respected architects in conjunction with forest conservation organisation More Trees, the triangular pieces are beautifully constructed from Japanese cedar wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. My four year old Luka even loves unleashing his imagination on them. I’m not tossing out the lego just yet but these minimalist blocks sure look better in the toyroom. You can buy a set of Tsumiki here

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