epilogue – prologue by Design Soil

Design Soil is a project from the product design department at Kobe Design University in Japan. The project is run by professors and students whose goal is to re-evaluate design practices and let the young designers create at their own pace, much like plants growing in soil. “epilogue – prologue” is their latest project of nine designs in which they not only think about the beginning of an idea (prologue) but they also consider the end product (epilogue).

Steps by Kohdai Iwamoto (first image also)
A bench for a parent and child that can be used as the child grows.

Growth by Ryosuke Akagi
A coatrack that also measures one’s height with its movable hooks. Hang the person’s clothes on the hook that is hanging at their height.

Lovebird by Yuki Matsumoto
A table that joins together to form one unit or when pulled apart can be supported against the wall.

31 by Ryo Mitao
31 frames for each day of the month to store your precious things in to either display or to store your memories.

Outside In by Rie Asaka
Using durable corrugated cardboard past its normal lifespan to bring new life and repurpose it as the core of a desktop.

Fadeless by Nobu Miake
Vases for dried flowers as a way to show that their beauty remains long after a flower is picked.

Rollin’ Rollin’ by Hiromi Manabe
A stool that utilizes a sweater that no longer fits you. Unweaving the sweater and winding it on the big reel turns your old garment into a seat for your stool.

The collection was displayed during Salone in Milan.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.