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These Sticky Note Pads Reveal Tiny Hidden Sculptures As You Use Them

To reveal the design, just tear the paper away.

These Sticky Note Pads Reveal Tiny Hidden Sculptures As You Use Them
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An empty pad of sticky notes leaves nothing but sadness, a void of emptiness on your desk. Hope those ideas were good, Mr. Idea Man, because they cost a very small, very sticky stack of paper its life.

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A project from the Japanese architectural company Triad, highlighted recently by Spoon & Tamago, offers a better way–a notepad that leaves behind a beautiful sculpture or model.

The company sells tear-off sticky note pads called “Omoshiro Blocks,” or “fun blocks,” that reveal an item when the notes are used up. As you pull away sheet after sheet, tiny bits of unused paper on each layer remain, slowly amassing to a hidden sculpture inside. Witchcraft? Maybe. Probably.

Each individual piece of paper has been laser cut, and all of those laser cuts en masse stack to form a 3D sculpture. Of course, this means that the sheets you pull away aren’t perfect squares, but quirky, jagged scraps of paper of ever-varying shape. But truth be told, since Omoshiro Blocks range in price from about $40 to $100, they’re way too expensive to be treated as note pads anyway.

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Still, it would be satisfying to see 3M license the idea for its official Post-It line in limited editions, and put a finished-sticky-note-sadness once and for all.

About the author

Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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