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My Football Kit by Nendo

Inflatable soccer balls are hard to maintain in impoverished communities because of the unavailability of air pumps or the deterioration and damage of the tube inside the ball. In response, Japanese design firm Nendo has designed a non-inflatable soccer ball that gives the same kicking sensation as a standard ball.

Inspired by the structure of the traditional Japanese woven bamboo ball, the My Football Kit is assembled with three types of components and includes a total of 54 parts. The instructions for assembly are designed like a picture book in easily understood illustrations. Instead of relying on internal air pressure, the ball uses the resilience of its surface material, soft, recycled polypropylene and elastomeric synthetic resin components, to bounce.

The material won’t hurt bare feet and is unlikely to develop a sharp fractured surface that might cause injury, even if broken. If a component comes off during play, the interlocking structure ensures the ball will not disassemble. Components may be shipped in disassembled states in compact packages, potentially cutting shipping costs.

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The ball comes in multiple colors, allowing children to create their own personal color schemes. Nendo also designed a packaging sack to be used to carry around the ball like a backpack.

There is potential for businesses and organizations to print original logos or develop brand-specific color schemes, which might encourage contributions to educational institutions and club teams.

All images courtesy of Nendo.

Accessories for working + schooling from home by Muji

Muji’s stripped down aesthetic might seem basic to some, but many find it a refreshing change. For those looking to update their work-at-home and school-at-home spaces with some Muji style, here are some new options.

MUJI’s Acrylic Storage Rack
MUJI’s Stainless Steel Wire Basket
MUJI’s planners come in Kraft Paper, White, and Black, and to help keep you on-track for the year ahead, come what way.
Hexagonal Water-Based Twin Pens
Hexagonal Water-Based Twin Pens
MUJI’s Handy Shredder
MUJI’s Water Repellent Backpack
A set of MUJI’s 6 Color Gel Ink Ballpoint Pens
Color Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen
Clear off your desk so that your space is free of distractions with MUJI’s PP File Box.
Planner showing a month’s agenda.
Black covered year agenda

All images courtesy of MUJI.