Rubber, wood, and steel
1 5/16 x 1 1/8 x 3 7/8" (3.4 x 2.7 x 10 cm)
Kikuchi Mfg Co., Ltd., Japan
Emoticons have become both staples and clichés of digital communication. Kaoiro (meaning “facial expression” in Japanese) is a low-tech emoticon device in the form of an old-fashioned date stamp. Seven belts with 20 punctuation symbols each can be used in combination to create more than 2,000 analog emoticons to stamp on letters, notes, and books. Kaoiro introduces a uniquely digital mode of expression into the realm of ink and paper and, made by hand at a small artisanal stamp factory in Japan, also unites the disparate worlds of lightning-quick communication and time-tested craft.