Safe sex with a playful sense of danger: A condom case shaped like a handgun. From the "Honey Trap" series by MAVO's Masayuki Takahashi. Photo by Muga Miyahara.

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“Is this a gun in your pocket?” “You bet, and it is about to shoot neatly packed condoms at you!” This ironic condom toy gun is only one of the thrilling design works MAVO interior designer Masayuki Takahashi is showing with his first product series called “Honey Trap.” For example, it features other intriguing objects, such as a multi-purpose cushion as sex toy or a coffin shaped sanitary box. So for today, PingMag catches up with Masayuki to learn more about sexy design.

Written by Chiemi
Translated by Kevin Mcgue

First, tell us a bit about your “Honey Trap” series!

I had been doing interior design and I naturally started to feel that I would like to try something that I couldn’t express in that medium. I took sex, which is the basis of human life, as my theme, and focused on topics such as “conception,” “sexlessness” and “menstruation.” I designed products that tackle these topics, and created the “Honey Trap” story to help people understand the series. I wanted to create something that would really draw people in, and so I made these works that are not so different from fashion items. The exhibition was held at the JAM HOME MADE & ready made jewellery shop. I like to think of my works as something like jewellery: it is not essential to have them, but you have much more fun when you do have them.


Inside the MAVO exhibition at “JAM HOME MADE & ready made” in November. Photo by Muga Mihara.

Attention! Concealed in her stocking is a pistol, loaded with a condom. Photo by Muga Mihara.

“Honey Trap” is a term that was especially used in the Cold War to describe espionage that used sex as a lure. How do you reinterpret it?

The first work really serves as a prologue for the story told by that whole series: the condom case gun. Rather than simply designing a package for a birth-control device, I was more interested in how that package can be carried by its user. I thought of a handgun as a symbolic icon of protecting one’s self, and put the condom inside that. [See the main image above.]

This handgun is quite exquisitely made, indeed!

I based the design on the Browning 1910 which is known as a sleek and compact handgun. It is used by the character Fujiko Mine from the comic and anime Lupin III.

Next came a series of cushions. The first is “Queen Save the Man,” which features a ballroom mask that is affixed with magnets for easy removal. The title is a word play on the title of the British national anthem, “God Save the Queen.” In this case, women can become a queen-like figure and save men.

The “Queen Save the Man” cushion. The ballroom mask attached to the cushion can be removed and used for plenty of other purposes… Photo by Muga Miyahara.

Who is the woman on the cushion?

That is Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV. She wielded a lot of political power, so we can call her the original honey trap.

The next in the cushion series was “Bride in Black.” I think women are most beautiful as brides and I want them to remember that feeling. So, I designed this cushion where you can place your wrists through lace cuffs, so that the hands appear to be holding a bouquet.

A spiced up cushion you wouldn’t necessarily find on your grandmother’s sofa… Wrists are placed in the black lace sleeves so it appears the person is holding a wedding bouquet. Photo by Muga Miyahara.

The next cushion in the series features a horse whoose tail can be removed and clipped unto lingerie. The tail is connected with a silver ring, which can be slipped over a finger and swung around like a whip.

For creative play! This jet-black horse tail can be removed and used as a horse tail whip. Photo by Muga Miyahara.
Naughty can be nice… The many uses of MAVO’s multi-purpose cushions. Photo by Muga Miyahara.

Since all of your works are in limited editions of one, do you make them yourself by hand?

Basically, I do the designs and then hand them over to professionals. However, I made the mask and whip myself. I wanted to use real horse hair and wig hair for the whip, and I did a lot of research into that. Also, when trimming the tail I wanted to get the length just right, so I clipped it on myself and had a look in the mirror. (Laughs)

OK, now I am imagining you doing that… And the final part of your story would be this rather deluxe sanitary box.

If the first piece, the condom case, is used properly while having some fun with these questions, then eventually the next menstrual cycle will start. I thought of a graveyard for sanitary goods, and so I made a sanitary box shaped like a coffin. Most sanitary boxes are designed to be hidden, but this one can be openly displayed. There is no need to hide it.

MAVO’s deluxe sanitary box comes in a peculiar shape. Photo by Muga Miyahara.

I think a coffin shaped sanitary box with a cross on top is just asking for controversy. How did people react?

The way they reacted really seemed to depend on their nationality. Some seemed rather bothered by it, while others laughed about it – it is a religious difference. For us, crosses are just a part of fashion.


MAVO’s Masayuki Takahashi.

Any plans for further exhibitions?

I would like to have these items produced as products. I would need to change the designs a bit depending on which country they would be sold in, but now I am looking for people who could cooperate to bring these out as products. I hope that anyone who is interested will contact me through my website.

Masayuki Takahashi, thank you! We look forward to see your luring objects in stores around!

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    The comment about the cross being a fashion emblem in Japan (which is then used in a range of designer sex toys) hit the nail on the head.
    Wonder if these products will get taken up for the ‘hotel’ industry here.

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  • elly

    I think crosses have a well-established “fashion icon” status in the States; Madonna’s famous use of heavy crosses on multiple necklaces in the 80′s and the use of crosses in variations of “Gothic” fashion are two examples that jump to mind.

    Speaking of Madonna, the photography really reminds me of the infamous “Erotica” video. I think Mavo would be terribly popular here. NYC, at least, eats up stuff like this!

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    elly I think you are right, but at least when Madonna wore crosses as with most/all of us from the west she had some notion of the meanings, associations etc that go with it, and alot of the usual angst and guilt etc that go hand in hand with those brought up in a christian based society can be found in her lyrics.

    Not to say that nobody has an idea about the cross and it’s ‘meanings’ in Japan but it is simply more of a fashion icon here I think than back home. It has been divorced from it’s origin.

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