It’s not necessarily common to hear that somebody was “inspired by sushi” unless we’re talking about taking lunch early for a plate of California Rolls and a Sapporo. But for Tel Aviv-based product designer Ori Ravgad, “inspired by sushi” led to an entirely new dimension of constructing wooden veneer objects.

Specifically, Ravgad was inspired by the ancient Japanese methodology of rolling sushi as a form of preparing wooden veneer objects for a variety of molds that result in functional piping systems. Titled the “Paipu Method”, Ravgad’s process for molding wood strips and glue is a refreshing update to an old craft.

For his graduate project, Ravgad selected three different objects of varying diameter, thickness and length to highlight their manufacturing process using the Paipu Method: a swing, a light collection, and stools:


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.