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Rubber-band Toy Kakecco

By Soo Soo 

In a world of video games, TV and the internet, Japanese designer Haruki Nagayama decided to make something which returned play and learning back to material things. In 2012 his company ‘soo soo’ designed the Kakecco (¥12,000Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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), a wooden rubber-band toy, which won a highly sought after G-Mark Design award the same year.

Made from sweet smelling Japanese cypress, this educational toy lets you “draw” with colourful rubber bands across a grid of wooden pins. It’s a very simple but effective idea, merging a bit of design theory and a bit of education, with high-quality Japanese wood. Nagayama’s goal is to let the Kekecco teach simple “colour theory” to children. There are an infinite number of ways to stretch the rubber bands across the grid, forming faces, things, and complex worlds and stories. Kakeco is a great way of letting your kids explore visual ideas using just their senses and their imagination, and reminding them they don’t need a LCD, LED, or Plasma screen to stay entertained.

Specifications:
Size: W35xD35xH15cm
Weight: 1.23kg
Materials: Japanese Cypress
Made in Japan

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Contributed by Cameron

Cameron is a writer and journalist in Tokyo. He studied psychology and sociology before moving to Japan to explore its publishing, design and art. While living in Japan he has spent his time travelling to rural towns to document traditional Japanese crafts and covering the work of contemporary artists and designers in Tokyo. He is White Rabbit's expert on traditional objects, handcrafted goods and contemporary art.

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