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Little Tetrapod

By Ulklik 

In Japan, no beach is complete without a little (or sometimes a lot) of concrete. The tetrapod is a four legged structure that, when placed with more of its kind, can dissipate the energy of small tsunamis and ruin any chance of taking nice photographs of the coast. It might look cold and utilitarian but after a while it can kind of grows on you.

The Tetra (¥1,365-2,665Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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) is produced by Ulklik, a design studio began in 2003, by award winning product designers Yohei Kuwano (who has designed some of Muji’s iconic products) and Koji Takahashi. They design products, but also collect or build new versions of existing things. In this case they’ve remade a design originally developed in 1950 by Laboratoire Dauphinois d’Hydraulique in Grenoble, France, but thanks to Ulklik it’s now cuter than ever and comes in three useful sizes. It works well as a doorstop, paperweight, garden feature or just as a sculpture; a tiny homage to Japan’s concrete god of beaches.

Specifications:

Large Size (¥2,665Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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) Material: Concrete
Size: W140×L140×H120mm
Made in Japan

Medium Size (¥1,965Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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) Material: Concrete
Size: W110×L110×H95mm
Made in Japan

Small Size (¥1,365Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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) Material: Concrete
Size: W70×L70×H65mm
Made in Japan

Contributed by Cameron

Cameron is a writer and journalist in Tokyo. He studied psychology and sociology before moving to Japan to explore its publishing, design and art. While living in Japan he has spent his time travelling to rural towns to document traditional Japanese crafts and covering the work of contemporary artists and designers in Tokyo. He is White Rabbit's expert on traditional objects, handcrafted goods and contemporary art.

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