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Japanese String Gardens

String gardens are a botanical technique meant to raise plants to eye level. Small moss balls called kokedama house the root system which is wrapped and then suspended by total awesomeness. (via designboom)

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Alphabet Shelf by Lincoln Kayiwa

The Aakkoset shelf (aakkoset = alphabet in Finnish) by Finland-based Lincoln Kayiwa comes in 8 different colors. Though it might be slightly out of reach for the typical IKEA-going crowd at $21,000. (via sub-studio)

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Heath Ceramics

This may be the first and the last iced tea set that makes it onto Colossal, but we have a thing for ceramics so deal. (via annelinnting)

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Kiosk: Japan 2

I stumbled onto Kiosk when doing research for the minimalist bottle openers post a few weeks ago. The folks who run this NY-based store trek far and wide to places like Sweden, Finland, or Hong Kong and pick up tons of funky stuff that you’ve probably never seen before. Some things are quirky, some utilitarian, others just decorative and fun. The spoils from their second journey to Japan went online last night.

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Lois, a Cedar topped table with a frisky attitude

Behold the world’s first minimalist steampunk table. The Lois is a one-of-a-kind table designed by Charles Waugh out of Boring, Oregon where apparently he makes stuff that’s anything but boring.

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Vase & Leuchte by Miriam Aust

I think I just had a plantgasm. I’d love to link you to where these things are for sale, however this is only (!) an art project by German artist Miriam Aust. (via designboom)

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Dieter Rams Radios for Braun

Three radios designed by Dieter Rams for Braun between 1959-1963. While you’re at it, why not brush up on Rams ten principles for good design. (via annelinnting)

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