Writes Kenya Hara about this work, "The gentle angles of the packaging reveal something in common with the feeling of holding a banana." I also noticed that the banana package, in relation to the others, is taller in its proportions. An exquisite detail which unites banana and juice-box is the folded flap/stem. It works so perfectly and is so unforced that the flap—though we've seen it countless times—now feels natural rather than manufactured. The subtle and sensitive coloration—the soft greens, the hints of red on the facets—and the choice of using the sticker as a label contribute to the rewarding experience of this work.
With each piece I notice a little and then a little more, each detail awakening the senses. The soy milk is also a tactile experience, this time in terms of texture rather than form. The exterior of the package has a rough cheesecloth-like feel. The proportions of the box also remind me of the proportions of a block of tofu.
Kenya Hara: "No doubt drinking from this package would feel very strange, as if you were drinking soy milk directly from a piece of tofu."
The strawberry juice is stunning in its color as well as its visual and actual texture. The subtle variations in the red of a strawberry are lush and realistic, and the placement of the white spot at the straw hole is playful.
All images and quotes are from Designing Design by Kenya Hara, pp 92-95, Lars Mueller Publishers.