12/12/17: WE HAVE NO STORE IN THE STATES BUT ARE CAPTIVE AT THE ICA IN LONDON AND THEY SHIP GLOBALLY. YOU CAN SEE THE SELECTION HERE.

10/18/17: SMALL, VERY SMALL SHOP OPENED AT THE ICA IN LONDON. GRAB IT WHILE YOU CAN HERE

EVERYTHING ON THIS SITE IS NOT FOR SALE AND IS PART OF AN ARCHIVE. INTERESTED IN THE ARCHIVE, THE WHOLE THING? WRITE US AT INFO@KIOSKKIOSK.COM. THANKS. 

Box of Rubber Bands

Box of Rubber Bands

5.5" x 3.75" x 2"
Paper & Rubber
JAPAN

In 1923, Hirozo Nishijima, the man who discovered rubber bands in Japan, founded Kyowa Limited in Osaka. Apparently, he came up with the idea of using sliced bicycle tubes to hold money. Since 1951, Kyowa has produced over 35 styles of rubber bands presented in more or less the same design and packaging. Kyowa is the biggest seller of rubber bands in Japan. The graphics were designed by Shichiro Imatake, a Japanese pioneer of graphic design during the Showa period (1926–1989). He designed the packaging at the height of his career. Mr. Imatake was a big fan of New York, and when he passed away his remains were brought here.