Apple’s new iPad2 lid design is bath sensation in Japan

Design inspiration is a capricious thing, and a fun game for design fans is trying to deduce what a form may have been inspired by. For example the very first wood joint designed by early man was a crude mortise-and-tenon, a shaft that fit into a bored-out hole; documentation of its inspiration is non-existent, but I’m willing to bet the inventor wasn’t a virgin.

One design we were excited to see is the new case that Apple designed for the iPad 2, unveiled yesterday. Japanese viewers of Apple’s media event must have all tilted their heads and leaned forward at once when the case was revealed, as it looks rather similar to a certain domestic item popular in Japan:

On the left is a furo no futa, a bathtub lid used in Japan to keep the water warm.

Read the rest of the story: Apple’s new iPad2 lid design causes a bit of a stir in Japan.

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