Design firm Nendo just unveiled a new Piggy Bank they designed for DesignTide Tokyo 2010 Event. The ceramic piece is part of an exhibition called “Piggy Bank Collection” in the Shinjuku department store “Isetan”.
Here is Nendo’s artist statement:
Unraveling the history of the piggy bank, we learn that the name dates back to medieval Europe, when unused coins were saved in household jars made of unglazed reddish clay, or ‘pygg’. A play on words from ‘pygg’ to ‘pig’ led to the piggy bank, and the familiar porcine objects we know today. The pyggy-bank takes this history as its design concept offering savers a pig-snouted bottle and jar made of unglazed fired clay in which to place their hard-earned coins, it exists somewhere between ‘pygg’ and the ‘pig’.
If these things become a production piece, you can bet we’ll have it at our store. We’ll keep you posted!