by Jenni Chasteen
You only have to step on a couple of push-pins in your life to learn to hate them with a bloody passion (emphasis on the bloody). But they’re a necessary evil if you want to hang rad movie posters in your bedroom because that fun-tak stuff sucks. But soon push-pin injuries will be a thing of the past thanks to industrial designer Toshi Fukaya. Inspired by his cat’s retractable claws he designed a push-pin that sheaths the sharp part of the pin. The point is covered in a flexible silicone that flattens out when the pin is pushed in and bounces back when the pin is pulled out. Fukaya’s design won the Red Dot Award for Design Concept. I’m pretty impressed because the only thing my cats have ever inspired me to do is buy more Febreze.