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Publication numberUS20070017848 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/528,462
Publication dateJan 25, 2007
Filing dateSep 28, 2006
Priority dateJul 22, 2005
Publication number11528462, 528462, US 2007/0017848 A1, US 2007/017848 A1, US 20070017848 A1, US 20070017848A1, US 2007017848 A1, US 2007017848A1, US-A1-20070017848, US-A1-2007017848, US2007/0017848A1, US2007/017848A1, US20070017848 A1, US20070017848A1, US2007017848 A1, US2007017848A1
InventorsArata Sasaki
Original AssigneeTokiwa Corporation
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Multiple step type compact
US 20070017848 A1
Abstract
To provide a multiple step type compact having excellent usability, in which a complicated preparatory operation is unnecessary, a multiple step type compact comprise a main body 1 having a housing part 11 for housing a cosmetic 10; a drawer 2 being drawably supported at a lower layer position of the housing part 11 by the main body 1, housing an applicator 20, and being fitted to the main body 1 when positioned at a lower step position of the housing part 11; and a lid 3 connected to the main body 1 rotatably around an axial line and being openable and closable, and when the lid 3 is opened, a rear part of the drawer 2 is pushed out by the lid 3 rotating around the axial line to cancel fitting of the drawer 2 with the main body 1.
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Claims(4)
1. A multiple step type compact comprising:
a main body having a housing part for housing a cosmetic;
a drawer being drawably supported at a lower layer position of the housing part by the main body, housing an applicator, and being fitted to the main body when positioned at a lower step position of the housing part; and
a lid connected to the main body rotatably around an axial line so as to be openable and closable, wherein, when the lid is opened, a rear part of the drawer is pushed out by the lid rotating around the axial line so as to cancel fitting of the drawer to the main body.
2. The multiple step type compact as claimed in claim 1,
wherein the lid comprises an arm part connected to the main body rotatably around the axial line; and a covered part extending toward one side of the arm part from the arm part so as to be openable and closable, and wherein, when the covered part is opened, the rear part of the drawer is pushed out by the arm part rotating around the axial line.
3. The multiple step type compact as claimed in claim 1,
wherein the lid is rotatably connected to the main body through a pin.
4. The multiple step type compact as claimed in claim 2,
wherein the lid is rotatably connected to the main body through a pin.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a multiple step type compact attached with a cosmetic such as face powder, foundation, rouge, eye shadow or the like.

2. Description of the Conventional Art

As a conventional multiple step type compact, for example, there is a compact comprising a main body having an applicator housing part in which an applicator is housed; and a lid obtained by integrally forming an non-open side edge part of a cosmetic housing part and a lower edge part of a cover part through a bendable thin part for a hinge, where the cosmetic housing part is positioned at an upper step of the applicator housing part, is upwardly opened, and houses the cosmetic to be taken out (for example, refer to Japanese Patent Application Laid Open No. 9-75129)

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Problems to be solved

However, when making up using the above-described multi step type compact, the cosmetic can be taken out by the steps of: opening the cosmetic housing part and the cover part, that is, opening the whole lid so as to take out the applicator to the outside of the main body; closing the lid; and opening the cover part in the state of closing the lid so as to open the cosmetic housing part. Therefore, a complicated preparatory operation for repeating opening and closing of the lid and the like is necessary.

Especially, when there is no place for the taken out applicator to be put on, thereby one hand being occupied, after taking out the applicator to the outside of the main body, such the preparatory operation is remarkably hard, and is a cause for reducing usability of the cosmetic.

An objective of the present invention is to provide a multiple step type compact having excellent usability, in which a complicated preparatory operation is not necessary.

Means for Solving the Problems

In order to solve the above-described problems, a multiple step type compact according to the present invention comprises a main body having a housing part for housing a cosmetic; a drawer being drawably supported at a lower layer position of the housing part by the main body, housing an applicator, and being fitted to the main body when positioned at a lower step position of the housing part; and a lid connected to the main body rotatably around an axial line so as to be openable and closable, wherein, when the lid is opened, a rear part of the drawer is pushed out by the lid rotating around the axial line so as to cancel fitting of the drawer to the main body.

In this case, the axial line means a virtual line of a center of rotating operation of the lid in a constitution that an upper face of the housing part of the main body is opened and closed by the up-and-down operation, that is, the rotating operation of the lid.

The above-described multiple step type compact has the drawer, in which fitting of the drawer to the main body is canceled linking with the opening operation of the lid. The applicator is housed in this drawer.

Accordingly, when a user opens the lid once, the housed cosmetic can be taken out easily, and the housed applicator can be ready in the state of being easily used.

Therefore, the complicated preparatory operation to repeatedly open and close the lid is not necessary, and thus excellent usability can be exerted.

In the above-described technical means, in order to make sure of more preferable usability, it is preferable that fitting of the drawer to the main body can be cancelled by smaller force.

In order to realize such a condition, it is preferable that the lid comprises an arm part connected to the main body rotatably around the axial line, and a covered part extending toward one side of the arm part from the arm part and so as to be openable and closable. When the covered part is opened, the rear part of the drawer is pushed out by the arm part rotating around the axial line.

Further, in order to carry out an opening and closing operation of the lid smoothly and certainly so as to make sure of more excellent usability, it is preferable that the lid is rotatably connected to the main body through a pin.

According to the multiple step type compact of the present invention, the compact has the drawer, in which fitting of the drawer to the main body is canceled interlocking with the opening operation of the lid, so that the complicated preparatory operation is not necessary, and excellent usability can be obtained.

BRIEF EXPLANATION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view illustrating a whole constitution of a multiple step type compact according to an embodiment of the present invention (when closing a drawer).

FIG. 2 is a perspective view illustrating a whole constitution of the multiple step type compact (when opening a drawer).

FIG. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view illustrating a partial constitution of the multiple step type compact.

FIG. 4 is a transverse sectional view illustrating a partial constitution of the multiple step type compact.

FIG. 5 is a longitudinal sectional view for explaining an operation of the multiple step type compact.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view illustrating an appearance constitution of the multiple step type compact.

FIG. 7 is a bottom view illustrating an appearance constitution of the multiple step type compact.

FIG. 8 is a front view illustrating an appearance constitution of the multiple step type compact.

FIG. 9 is a rear view illustrating an appearance constitution of the multiple step type compact.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Hereinafter, the present invention is explained concretely with drawings.

In this embodiment, the multiple step type compact is filled with a foundation, and has a main body 1, a drawer 2 and a lid 3, as illustrated in FIGS. 1, 2 and 6.

Hereinafter, each constitutional element of the compact is explained more concretely.

(1) Main Body 1

The main body 1 is integrally formed with a synthetic resin (refer to FIGS. 3, 4 and 5).

The main body 1 has an upwardly opened recessed part 11 as a housing part, and a downwardly opened housing part 12 for housing a drawer 2 described below, as illustrated in FIGS. 3, 4 and 5.

The recessed part 11 is filled with a foundation 10 in an inner tray 10 a, and the foundation 10 is housed so as to be upwardly exposed, as illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 5.

As illustrated in these Figs., the lid 3 is connected to the main body 1 rotatably around an axial line, and an upper face of the recessed part 11 can be opened and closed by the lid 3.

(2) Drawer 2

The drawer 2 is integrally formed with a synthetic resin (refer to FIGS. 3, 4 and 5).

The drawer 2 is drawably supported by the main body 1 at a lower layer position of the recessed part 11, as illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 5.

One pair of supporting parts 12 a for supporting the drawer 2 from both sides is respectively formed at the housing part 12 along the moving direction of the drawer 2, as illustrated in FIGS. 4, 5 and 7. Further, supported parts 21 for being supported by the supporting parts 12 a are respectively formed at both side parts of the drawer 2 along the length direction, as illustrated in FIGS. 4, 2 and 7. That is, as illustrated in FIGS. 4, 2, 5 and 7, the drawer 2 is supported by movably fitting the supported parts 21 to the supporting parts 12 a of the main body 1, and thereby, the drawer 2 can slide and move along the plane direction of the main body 1 between a position at which the whole drawer 2 is housed in the main body 1 (a position illustrated in FIG. 5(a), it is the same hereinafter) and a position at which most of the drawer 2 is drawn out to the outside of the main body 1 (a position illustrated in FIG. 5(c), it is the same hereinafter).

Further, the drawer 2 is fitted to the main body 1 when being positioned at a lower step position of the recessed part 11, that is, at a position at which the whole drawer 2 is housed in the main body 1, as illustrated in FIG. 7.

Main body side projecting parts 22 are respectively formed at the supporting parts 12 a of the main body 1 as illustrated in FIG. 7, where the projecting parts 22 are projected to the drawer 2 side and for fitting the main body 1 and the drawer 2 each other. Further, first drawer side projecting parts 23 are respectively formed at the supported parts 21 of the drawer 2 as illustrated in FIG. 7, where the projecting parts 23 are projected to the main body 1 side and for fitting the main body 1 and the drawer 2 each other. That is, when the main body 1 and the drawer 2 are positioned at which the whole drawer 2 is housed in the main body 1, the first drawer side projecting parts 23 get over the main body side projecting parts 22 so as to press the drawer 2 against the main body 1, and thereby, the drawer 2 and the main body 1 are fitted each other.

In addition, projecting parts which are different from the first drawer side projecting parts, that is, second drawer side projecting parts 24 projected to the main body 1 side are respectively formed at the supported parts 21 of the drawer 2, as illustrated in FIG. 7. That is, when the drawer 2 is positioned at which most of the drawer 2 is drawn out to the outside of the main body 1, the second drawer side projecting parts are contacted with the main body side projecting parts 22, so that the whole of the drawer 2 is not drawn out to the outside of the main body 1.

On the other hand, a puff 20 as an applicator is housed in the drawer 2, as illustrated in FIGS. 3 to 5. Further, the drawer 2 can keep an upward opening by being drawn out from the main body 1, as illustrated in FIGS. 3 to 5, and the position at which most of the drawer 2 is drawn out to the outside of the main body 1 can keep the opening having a area enough for easily taking out the puff 20 by a user (refer to FIG. 5(c)).

That is, by such the drawer 2, a user can put the multiple step type compact according to the embodiment of the present invention on one palm of the user, while drawing the drawer 2 to the position at which the puff 20 can easily taken out, that is, the position at which most of the drawer 2 is drawn out to the outside of the main body 1. Thereby, a user can make up using the other free hand while taking out the foundation 10 in the inner tray 10 a.

(3) Lid 3

The lid 3 is connected to the main body 1 rotatably around the axial line, as illustrated in FIGS. 3, 5, 7 and 9, and is for opening and closing the upper face of the recessed part 11 of the main body 1 (refer to FIGS. 1 and 2).

More particularly, the lid 3 is rotatably connected to the main body 1 through a pin 31, as illustrated in FIGS. 3, 5, 7 and 9.

In addition, a frame part 32 a is formed on an inner face of the lid 3 as illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 5, and a mirror 32 is fixed within the frame part 32 a through an adhesive. Further, the main body 1 and the lid 3 respectively have a main body side fitting means 13 and a lid side fitting means 33 for fitting the main body 1 and the lid 3 each other when the lid 3 closes the upper face of the recessed part 11, as illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 3 and 5 to 8.

The reason why the lid 3 is required to be connected to the main body 1 rotatably around the axial line as described above is as follows. By realizing a constitution capable of pushing out the rear part of the drawer 2 according to the rotating operation of the lid 3, a multiple step type compact is made to be capable of canceling fitting of the drawer 2 to the main body 1 linking with a user's operation for opening the lid 3. Therefore, if a lid can carry out the above-described operation, any other kind of lid, which is rotatably connected to the main body through a recessed part and projected part formed with a synthetic resin instead of the pin, can be used instead of the lid 3 rotatably connected to the main body 1 through the pin 31, in the present invention.

However, when the lid rotatably connected to the main body through the pin in the present embodiment is used, the opening and closing operation of the lid can be carried out more smoothly and certainly than the case where the lid rotatably connected to the main body not through the pin is used. As a result of this, more excellent usability can be assured.

More particularly, the lid 3 has an arm part 3 a connected to the main body 1 rotatably around the axial line, and a covered part 3 b which is extended to one side of the arm part 3 a from the arm part 3 a and can open and close the upper face of the recessed part 11, as illustrated in FIGS. 3, 5 and 9.

That is, as illustrated in FIGS. 5(a) to 5(c), the constitution is made such that the lid 3 rotates around the axial line when the covered part 3 b is opened, and the arm part 3 a pushes out the rear part of the drawer 2. Accordingly, fitting of the drawer 2 to the main body 1 can be canceled.

The reason why the lid 3 is required to push out the rear part of the drawer 2 according to the rotating operation as described above is as follows. By linking cancellation of fitting of the drawer 2 to the main body 1 with a user's operation for opening the lid 3, a user of a multiple step type compact is not necessary to do a complicated preparatory operation of repeating opening and closing of the lid 3. Therefore, if a lid can carry out the above-described operation, any other kind of lid not having an arm part can be used instead of the lid 3 having the arm part 3 a for canceling fitting of the drawer 2 to the main body 1, in the present invention.

However, when fitting of the drawer to the main body is canceled by the arm part of the lid having the arm part in the present embodiment, fitting of the drawer to the main body can be canceled by smaller force than that of the case in which fitting of the drawer to the main body is canceled by the lid itself not having the arm part. As a result of this, more excellent usability can be assured.

As described above, the multiple step type compact in the present embodiment has the drawer 2, in which fitting of the drawer 2 to the main body 1 is canceled linking with the operation for opening the lid 3. Further, the puff 20 is housed in the drawer 2. Accordingly, when a user opens the lid 3 once, the housed foundation 10 can be easily taken out and the housed puff 20 also can be easily used.

Therefore, according to this multiple step type compact, the complicated preparatory operation of repeating opening and closing of the lid 3 is not necessary, and as a result of this, excellent usability can be exerted.

The compact filled with the foundation is explained as one embodiment of the multiple step type compact according to the present invention in the above-description. However, the present invention is not limited to this embodiment. For example, the present invention can be applied to a compact filled with cosmetics such as face powder, rouge, eye shadow or the like other than the foundation. Further, shapes and materials of the main body and the drawer are not limited. Further, the main body and the drawer are not limited to be integrally formed, and can be constituted with a plurality of members.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/581, 206/823, 206/235
International ClassificationB65D71/00, B65D69/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45D33/008, A45D2040/224, A45D33/20
European ClassificationA45D33/20, A45D33/00V1
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Sep 28, 2006ASAssignment
Owner name: TOKIWA CORPORATION, JAPAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:SASAKI, ARATA;REEL/FRAME:018356/0322
Effective date: 20060919