Discover "Design by Japan" in Toronto

On Baldwin St, downtown Toronto, you won't be surprised to see many gourmet eateries or good restaurants, but it is a surprise to find a store such as Cubeshops--A designer product select shop, which carries all the design goodies created by Japanese designers.



In this nearly 300 square feet samll store, there was almost a moment that I felt I was in a my favorite design select shop in Tokyo.  
It was definitely a treasure-hunting experience for me to look for many inspiring and unique design items here, and luckily i did find there a few items that are on my favorite lists that I would like to share:
1.CAO MARU Stress Balls
Designed by Yoshida Makiko, these cute,funny,and strechable faces would really
make up my day if I were had a bad one.  I guess these babyish face expressions just somehow
have some magical power to bring out the inner child of my mind! 



Designed by Akira Mabichi, who I personally think it is a genius to make the time of
waiting for a cup noodle so enjoyable! This  item definitely shows the typical spirit and traits of most
Japanese designed products-- Who says surprises are not hidden in trivial things?
3.Pop Up Bookcover
Designed by a group of three Japanese designers: Hiroki Koizumi, Ai Koyama,and Asami Kato.It is an idea of " bookcover with pop-up bookmark". The attached butterfly bookmark wouldl pop-up when the book is opened, and fits closely when closed.  It's a functional yet beautiful design.