About Kamino Wallet

Kan Yamamoto
Aug 31, 2017 · 3 min read
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You can use anything like flyers, magazine covers, or cardboards.

Kamino Wallet is a design project to make wallets for our pockets and the planet.
Download the free template and make yours now at kaminowallet.com

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A cover of Rhodia upcycled into a slim wallet.

A little bit more about the project.

My name is Kan Yamamoto, a graphic designer, and woodworker living in Kochi, Japan.

Kamino wallet is a project in which I’m trying to design and distribute a universal tool for the real world in a creative, affordable, and sustainable way.

If tools shape our habits and habits make our life. Then why not create one of those tools ourselves?

After spending my twenties in Switzerland and Berlin, now living in a Japanese rural village, I realized that no matter where I am, I carry essentially the same things. A phone and a wallet. So, I thought the problem I had with my wallet must be universal. By having a bulky wallet in my back pocket all the time, I got the habit of collecting unnecessary junk and worse than that, a backache.

Since years, I’ve been searching for an ideal way to get rid of it. I know there are a wide variety of well made slim wallets out there, but the problem is you can’t test them all, and without actually using them, you never know which one fits you.

So, I started making my own slim wallet, prototyping them with paper, looking for which form and style work best for me. And that’s where it all began.

I wanted it as minimal as possible, in its form as well as environmental impact. After trying various materials, paper, which I had considered a material for prototypes, turned out to be the best solution for me, and possibly for you too.

I share my idea here in the hope it might help you to simplify your life.
Let me hear what you think about it!


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Holding cash and cards, that’s what a wallet is for.
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It’s paper thin and fits every front pockets.
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You’ll be amazed how simple a wallet can be.

By the way, the word “Kamino” means “(made) of paper” in Japanese.
As simple as that. And no, it’s got nothing to do with that planet in a galaxy far, far away.

Kamino Wallet

Slim, minimalist, eco-friendly minimalist paper wallets…

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