Designer Zhou Yi's Hutong Eraser was celebrated at this year's 2014 Kikkerland China Design Challenge. The event encouraged participants to submit products that incorporated Chinese heritage, history and mythology due to the country's mass manufacturing of goods that are rarely designed in China.
In response to this critical lack of design, Yi's Hutong Eraser delivered a nod to Beijing's renowned Hutong construction. The office tool itself is modeled after the architectural style. As Beijing's streets are becoming increasingly filled with high-rise buildings, the traditional Hutong model is quickly disappearing, much like the Hutong Eraser which will eventually dissipate.
Given the immense thought put into the Hutong Eraser, Zhou Yi took home the top prize. Approximately 18,000 online voters selected Yi's work, making the achievement all the more remarkable.