“Can we create an experience that takes the fun of creating shapes with one’s own hands and gives it greater freedom, filling it with inspiration and discovery?” Jino was created by a contemporary artist in response to this question. Jino is a creative invention that offers lifelong enjoyment as a child and an adult.

Jino won the 2017 Good Design Award.
(Patent is pending. The patent application number is 2017−115475.)

Three features

Stacking as with building blocks, insert together as with interlocking toy bricks, and thinking hard as with 3D puzzles. Jino has the features of these three items.

One shape develops
intellect

Jino pieces are J-shaped and comprised of a 1:2:3 ratio. The asymmetric shapes are different from other building blocks and interlocking toy bricks require ingenuity and trial-and-error, like in a disentanglement puzzle. When playing with the Jino pieces, spatial perception and imagination are naturally stimulated, leading to discoveries of unexpected combinations and the development of the mathematical ability and artistic sense of the user.

For children and adults

Freely stack and put in rows, or assemble like a puzzle. Jino has different levels of difficulty, so everyone from young children to the elderly can play with them. Users can also enjoy displaying their assembled ‘works’ like art objects. They are finished in pale tone colors that utilize the texture of wood so that they blend into daily life and can be loved by any generation.

Safe materials

Jino uses natural beech wood. Keeping in mind the small risk that children will put the Jino pieces in their mouths, they are manufactured using Japanese natural LOHAS OIL paint, and Japanese adhesives that are used for chopping boards, wooden plates and utensils.

Designer

Goh IDETA
IDETA is a contemporary artist. He produces works that appeal directly to perception and the body, and are only completed with the participation of the viewer, through uncomplicated devices such as light and shadow or simple structures. He has exhibited in Japanese art museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and overseas in the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. His works often take a geometric approach, and he devised Jino based on the ideas he has used in his art.

JINO



Jino Original
Jino Original
Jino Pastel
Jino Pastel
Jino North
Jino North
Jino Plain
Jino Plain
Jino Original
Jino Original
Jino Pastel
Jino Pastel
Jino North
Jino North
Jino Plain
Jino Plain
Price
16,800 yen (excluding tax)
for 16 pieces/1 set (in a wooden box)
Materials
Natural beech wood / domestically-produced natural oil paint LOHAS OIL
Size
165 × 408 × 33mm (1 piece 73 × 73 × 24mm)/1.1kg (including a wooden box)
Usage notes
  • • Please be careful not to get injured.
    Jino uses pieces of hard wood which have corners. There is a risk of injury if the pieces are put in the mouth, or the user falls onto the pieces, or stands or sits on the pieces. Please take sufficient care when children are using them.
  • • The Jino pieces may become deformed.
    Due to the properties of natural wood, there is a possibility that after manufacturing the pieces may expand or distort, and depending on the piece it may become difficult to insert them together. There is a possibility of deformation, discoloration, damage, and combustion, so please avoid exposing them to moisture, fire, heat or direct sunlight, extreme humidity and dryness, etc.
  • • Please use Jino on a mat.
    Tables or floors may be damaged. We recommend that you use Jino on a carpet or mat.
  • • Please enjoy the individuality of the wood.
    We manufacture Jino so as to avoid wasting wood as much as possible, so there are differences between individual pieces with regard to the wood grain, wood color, and texture. It is difficult to make the paint stick to the parts with a hard wood grain, so color unevenness also occurs. Please enjoy the individuality of the wood.
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