'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one
 

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one

tokyo based designer, kenji abe, has created a dumbbell that is designed to be used practically for exercise, while also being a beautiful object to harmonize with interiors. ‘armadillo’, which won the grand prize at toyama design competition 2018, functions not only as a dumbbell, but also a piece of jewelry when being used to exercise and as a sculpture when not.

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one

all images courtesy of kenji abe

 

the armadillo is self-stabilized by its own weight and the hand grip is tilted 45 degrees, making it easy to grasp from any angle. the design by kenji abe enables a variety of uses. the dumbbell can be passed through the arm or hooked on the foot to exercise different parts of the body, and the smooth metal texture has been selected to enable comfortable workouts. the dumbbell is realized using high-quality casting and polishing technology from the toyama prefecture in japan. the original bronze color is taken advantage of, with only sandblasting and mirror finishes being applied to the metal surface. with this design, the armadillo aims to promote a healthy lifestyle while also creating a beautiful object for the home.

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one
example 1 : grasp the grip

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one

example 2 : pass through the arm and use it

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one

example 3 : hook on the foot

 

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one
tilted 45 degrees making it easy to grip from any side

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one
self-stabilizing using its own weight

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one

the metal texture is selected for comfort

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one
the original bronze color is retained

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one

the sandblasting and mirror finishes

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one

the design in harmony with interiors

'armadillo' by kenji abe is a dumbbell, accessory and sculpture all in one
the dumbbell is made using casting and polishing techniques from the toyama prefecture

 

 

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