Perfectly pairing a penchant for cool stationery with a love for classic Japanese architecture, the Omoshiro Block by Triad is an office supply with a twist. Aptly (and loosely) translated to “fun block,” each one-of-a-kind memo pad reveals a beautiful architectural model as it's used, turning traditional note-taking into an exciting excavation.
Together, the laser-cut pages that compose each Omoshiro Block produce an iconic building in Japan, ranging from centuries-old sites, like the Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto, to more modern marvels, like the iconic, Tour Eiffel-inspired Tokyo Tower. The surprise site begins to reveal itself as one tears off the strategically-shaped notecards. Once the entire cube is used, the intricately crafted architectural model is fully unearthed, leaving you with your very own miniature work of art.
It is not just what's left that makes this memo pad special, however. In addition to its building-shaped remains, the sheets extracted from each Omoshiro Block feature fascinating cut-outs, from human figures to leaves and flowers.
Currently, this ingenious item is only available at “creative life store” Tokyu Hands in Osaka. Hopefully, however, it makes its international debut soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out similar products in our selection of surprise gifts.