2020 / Toy Design / Toy for Teenagers / Student

Sozu.S1 (Arcade Controller for Shika Arcades Ltd.)

  • Prizes
    Winner in Media and Home Electronics/Electronic Device Accessory, Winner in Toy Design/Toy for Teenagers
  • Lead Designer
    Ed Taylor
  • Project Link
  • Other credit
    Photos, Videos & Music On Main Video By Ed Taylor
  • University
    Teesside University

Sozu.S1 is a premium arcade controller for the retro Nintendo SNES & Super Famicom game consoles.

With a core focus on sustainable design, Sozu.S1 is made from architectural-grade bamboo, CNC machined for perfect precision. Each body goes through a meticulous hand finishing process, including sanding to a fine P800 for a silk-like touch.

I launched the product in March 2018 with my final batch being manufactured mid-2019. It was available in both a "Natural" and contrasting "Duotone" finish. The popular gaming site Nintendo Life called it "The Ultimate SNES Stick" in their review.

I am currently studying the second year of Product Design at Teesside University.

Upon graduation I aim to continue releasing new designs under my Shika Arcades project.

I'm interested in entropy, divergence and how items age and can develop over time. Ultimately, my goal is to try to create timeless products that people love and find enriching.

Photo Credit: Ed Taylor
Credits: Photos, Videos & Music on Main Video by Ed Taylor