Takt Project

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By Diana Budds
Tokyo-based design collective Takt Project invites consumers to reimagine products from retailers such as Muji.

When the founding members of a design collective all hail from the powerhouse firm Nendo, you can expect their work to be both disciplined and prolific. Such is the case with Takt Project, a multidisciplinary studio based in Tokyo founded by Atsushi Honda, Yoshitaka Ito, Satoshi Yoshiizumi, and Takeshi Miyazaki. The group works on a wide range of projects, from socially driven endeavors like improving wheelchair design to wristwatches for Sony’s under-the-radar wearable tech start-up. Reinvention is a recurring theme in the studio, as seen in the 3-Pring Product line—3-D printed components that people can use to transform readily available, inexpensive products from retailers like Muji. Riffing on the idea of sampling in music, Takt created a bracket that can be used to join run-of-the-mill acrylic storage bins to build a console, and a unit that allows someone to string an ordinary light socket through an acrylic storage box to create a pendant light. "The words of greats from the past taught me that design is not about the beauty of shapes or styling," says Yoshiizumi, "but rather adding a creative and novel interpretation to existing ways of thinking."

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Takt Project's 3-Pring Product line.

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The 3-D printed 3-Pring Product line allows people to transform preexisting products.

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A 3-D printed accessory by Takt Project transforms a Muji frosted pencil holder into a pendant lamp.

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Reinvention is a common theme throughout Takt Project's work.

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Takt Project designed 3-D printed products for Muji table and chairs.

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Takt Project's founders. From left, Atsushi Honda, Yoshitaka Ito, Satoshi Yoshiizumi, and Takeshi Miyazaki.