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7 Creative Doors Which Will Open Up Your Mind

7 Creative Doors Which Will Open Up Your Mind

“The more ideas I think of, the more ideas I come up with. It is like breathing or eating.”

—Oki Sato

To celebrate their 70th Anniversary, renowned Japanese door and furniture manufacturer Abe Kogyo turned to Oki Sato of the multi-award winning design studio Nendo to create seven doors; doors which shake up our perceptions of these taken-for-granted aspects of our lives.

Sato has been called the 21st century’s most ingenious designer, with creations ranging from furniture with the softness of rolls of paper to metallic lamps which unfold organically like flowers.

“I was sitting in a cafe by myself, which I usually do on the weekends, having a glass of iced tea. The ice started melting, and then it moved and made that sound—do you know what I mean? Like when the ice starts to slide. It made that sound and I started thinking, ‘Couldn’t I design something that would move or change according to a change of temperature?’

“Then I remembered there was a metal, ‘shape-memory alloy,’ and if I could set the alloy’s position according to the temperature of the lightbulb, I could make a lamp that would ‘bloom’ when the lightbulb changed temperature. It was very natural, and it wasn’t inspired from the material itself—the story was there first, and then I found materials that would match the story.”

—Oki Sato

In a career that has taken him from his birthplace in Toronto to his current residence of Tokyo, Sato has won international awards in Germany, Italy, the U.K. the U.S.A. and France as well as Japan, and his collections grace establishments from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Center Pompidou in Paris to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

The original meaning of Nendo is “modelling clay,” and Sato’s philosophy is to bring such stripped-down simplicity, malleability and renewal to all of his concepts. This fresh and flexible approach has led to a thrilling series of doors which playful challenge our sensibilities.

1. Lamp

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      Powered and wired using Abe Kogyo’s electronic locking technology, this door integrates lighting function on both sides.

      2. Baby

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          How many children would like to have their own door to match their own size? This adorable concept developed from Abe Kogyo’s preschool and nursery range of fittings.

          3. Slide

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              Have you ever wanted to let more light in, more air in, communicate across more rooms, or simply see who’s knocking your door? Based on sliding screen technology, this is yet another simple yet functional design twist to the humble door.

              4. Hang

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                  An internal magnetic sheet transforms the plain space of a door into a creative canvass for storage solutions. From adding dust bins to flower pots, trays to containers, the user can now use their door in a whole new way; literally an extra dimension of function.

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                  5. Kumiko

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                      Kumiko is a latticework method used in creating traditional Japanese interior screen doors and partitions. It is a delicate process of assembly without nails. Inspired by both this ancient (Asuka Era, 600-700 AD) technique and the modern industrial manufacturing capabilities of Age Kogyo, this door is striking juxtaposition of classical and modern Japan.

                      6. Wall

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                          Another design changing our ideas of what a door can be. This door showcases a variety of technological innovations that ensure the stability of shelves and frames and allow smooth opening; successfully blurring the distinction between wall space and portal space.

                          7. Corner

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                              A stunning idea which transmutes all conceptions of interiors and layout, this door has the additional practical benefit of greater wheelchair access.

                              Showcased during Milan Design Week, all of these doors can be viewed at Nendo’s website. Thanks to Oki Sato’s mercurial strip-and-reboot philosophy and Abe Kogyo’s decades of industrial expertise and innovation, the humble door just gained seven new dimensions.

                              Images Courtesy of Akihiro Yoshida/Nendo

                              Featured photo credit: http://www.nendo.jp via decotrending.files.wordpress.com

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                              Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                              • (1) Research
                              • (2) Deciding the topic
                              • (3) Creating the outline
                              • (4) Drafting the content
                              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                              • (6) Revision
                              • (7) etc.

                              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                              2. Change Your Environment

                              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                              6. Get a Buddy

                              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                              Reality check:

                              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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