PRODUCT DESIGN 2014 | TULIPIFERA SHARPENERS by Norie Matsumoto | Commissioner by Norman Foster
Norie was chosen for one of designer from “Wish List” project. Her commissioner is Norman Foster and she designed the sharpeners for him. There are four different shape sharpeners, which are: cylinder, tetrahedral, sphere and cube. To decide the material, he wanted to use tulipwood, because the pattern of the wood is very strong and beautiful.
Tulipwood is often coloured by paint finish but he wanted to see the natural pattern as a beautiful material. Different size of sharpeners in one piece is also what he requested, so she designed the location of the sharpeners on surface as a part of the design.