Friday, April 1, 2016
Toyota's Setsuna Concept Vehicle Is Built Entirely From Japanese Wood
Earlier this year, few images surfaced of Toyota’s brand new concept car that could very well defy what we know about automotive design. Crafted with traditional “Okuriari” and “Kusabi” joint techniques by Toyota engineer Kenji Tsuji and his team, the Setsuna vehicle is a fully functional car that’s entirely made from 86 panels of fine Japanese wood of different grains, without the use of any nails or screws. The exterior is constructed from two types of Japanese cedar — a straight grain and a cross grain, both selected for their refined wood grain and flexible properties — while the chassis is made of a more rigid Japanese birch. Inside, strong Japanese zelkova panels make up the floor for its excellent durability, and a smooth castor aralia make up the chairs.
“When we created the Setsuna, we envisaged a family pouring its love into it over generations so that the car gains an irreplaceable value,” said Tsuji, who also consulted with wood specialists SUMITOMO FORESTRY. ”Continuous development is possible in the form of bonds between the car and the family, like the growth rings of a tree. to proceed with the development of a car utilizing the appeal of wood, we directly spoke with experts with wide-ranging knowledge, including carpenters specializing in temple and shrine construction and ship’s carpenters. By displaying the setsuna, which was created with these hopes in mind and receiving a wide range of opinions, we believe that we can further improve this concept. one piece of feedback that we received in particular was the hope that we would incorporate this concept into car manufacturing in the future.”
Toyota is set to officially unveil the Setsuna at Milan Design Week 2016.
Casio G-SHOCK GA-120TR Tricolor Series
Casio spices up its G-SHOCK brand this April with the introduction of the four-piece Tricolor series. Taking the GA-120TR as its canvas, Casio is rendered four models in black, red, and white, while a fourth model sports a white face with red and blue accents on the wristband. The face of the watch itself is made to resemble the disc brake of a motorcycle, while the analog hands emulate its gears in action. Featuring a wealth of functions such as a 1/1000 second stopwatch, speedometer, automatic time zone adjustment and a magnetically resistant case, G-SHOCK enthusiasts can rest assured that the Tricolor series does not disappoint the brand’s solid reputation for function and toughness. Now available starting from ¥15,000 JPY (approximately $133 USD) per unit, find out more information online here.
Kylie Jenner's PUMA Silhouette Is Set for a Fierce Casual-Yet-Sporty Look
After word was finally confirmed of Kylie Jenner joining forces with PUMA, many wondered how she’d fit with Rihanna also being a part of the brand. With RiRi’s PUMA Creepers and Fenty Trainer receiving much praise, the young Kylie is next in line to help boost PUMA to the next level. Jenner previously starred in PUMA’s initial campaign for the “Fierce” silhouette and now we have additional images of the sneaker which looks a little similar to Rihanna’s Fenty Trainer. Nonetheless, you can expect the Fierce model to fly off of shelves thanks to backing from Kylie. The shoe will officially be available on April 1 via select PUMA retailers.