Sunstar Stationery's " Stationery Idea Contest " is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. The award ceremony was held in Tokyo on May 29th.
This contest is based on the theme and invites the general public for ideas such as "I wish I had such stationery ...". This time, a total of 3,963 works (2,646 in the general category and 1,317 in the junior category) were collected under the theme of "Totoru".
● The Grand Prix is Japanese-style
"RAKUGAN" was selected as the Grand Prix in the general category from a number of submitted works. As the name suggests, the kneaded eraser with the motif of the Japanese sweet "Rakugan" can be shaped by returning it to the case after use. He was praised for his "applying Japanese aesthetics to the theme of" Totoru "."
In addition, "Easy to summarize notes" was selected for the "Sunstar Stationery Award", which is given to works with a view to commercialization. The notes can be color-coded up and down in the memo part and the part that puts them together, and after use, they can be separated and only important materials can be organized.
In addition, the lineup includes works by two W-winners and those who won the previous Grand Prix. There is fun unique to the method of hiding the name and judging only the work purely.
● Children are not defeated either!
The grand prix of the junior division (3 themes set) for junior high school students and younger is "Botabeta Nori". It is equipped with an adult-like system that prevents the mouth of liquid glue from becoming sticky with an inner plug.
Also, in the pen case section, the unique design that imaged mackerel and carnivorous plants was impressive.
All other award-winning works can also be viewed on the official Sunstar Stationery website. All of the works born from a wide range of ideas are those that I really wish I had.
Product designer Tomitaka Yasuji, who served as a judge, also talks about the appeal of the stationery idea contest, saying, "It is one of the few contests in the world where you can compare wisdom from elementary school students to amateurs and professionals." A prize of 1 million yen will be presented to the Grand Prix winners in the general category. If you are confident in your creativity or have an idea that you have been warming up for a long time, why not try it next time !?
* The image of the award-winning work is a mockup created based on the idea.