Sand (New Edition) by Yukihiro Kaneuchi
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Japanese designer Yukihiro Kaneuchi is back with a new edition of Sand based on the Bou-Taoshi game. The game begins with players making a heap of sand and placing a branch down the center. Each player then takes turns removing sand and whoever causes the branch to fall, loses.

It’s primarily a children’s game, but it actually goes way back in history and the cone-like shapes are often seen at Japanese temples. The sand heap is considered a representation of a divine spirit. The vases are a reflection of the heap of sand and are meant to hold a flower.

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.