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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 July 10, 2020

                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                              Boundaries are limits

                              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                              • When do you feel disrespected?
                              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                              • When do you want to be alone?
                              • How much space do you need?

                              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                              Sample language:

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                              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                              Final Thoughts

                              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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