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Every year, Japanese superstore Muji holds a design competition. This time the theme was "Found," as in "I found this straw in my back yard, and now it's won a design competition." Gold-prize winner Yuki Iida's project "Straw Straw" is literally a hollow piece of wheat, grown in nature, that can be used as a drinking straw. That, friends, is some serious minimalism. Other finalists include a triangular trash bag which stands by itself—no garbage can required—and a mattress pad made of traditional Taiwanese Tachia mat.
· Muji Award 03: Winners Announced [Core77]
· Muji Award 03: Results [Muji]