tiles or coasters?

Wow. What a way to make a buck. I saw these glass tiles in a Japanese Wal-Mart-like shop in San Francisco. But aren’t these just the same tiles we can find in home improvement shops? What does this say about consumers? Are they not creative enough or resourceful enough to think about repurposing glass tiles? Or do retailers think that consumers are lazy enough to make impulse buys when they encounter these lovely colored tiles?
Or perhaps it says something about the Japanese culture from which these are borrowed… with the little space that Japanese city dwellers have, they probably wouldn’t go to a home improvement shop like the US’s Home Depot or Lowe’s. Instead, what Americans may see as obvious home decorating options, are presented to other cultures as innovative products. That’s just my theory of course… What are yours?


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