Paris Mint - The last remaining factory in Paris

The Paris Mint is the oldest French institution and one of the most beautiful examples of neoclassical architecture in Paris. Founded in the 9th century by Charles II (known as Charles the Bald), the historical site on the Quai Conti produces works of art, medals, decorations and coins made of precious metals. 


In 2009, l’Atelier d’Architecture Philippe Prost (AAPP) won the competition launched by the Paris Mint to find a manager for the reorganization project of the Paris site. The aim was to re-situate the Paris Mint in the continually moving narrative of the 21st Century, by revealing the prestigious collections and monetary treasures and giving the public the opportunity to admire live productions of medals and coins.

The Hôtel de la Monnaie combines in one a manufactory, a palace, and a museum. Temporary exhibitions and Guy Savoy’s restaurant hosted in the palace. The museum has a permanent collection, and a new museum shop is now open in the old forge underneath a vast 17-meter dome.

The Paris Mint can now offer the general public a cultural, educational and recreational tour of the last remaining factory in Paris, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Crédit : 11 Conti de la Monnaie de Paris Vestibule Philippe Prost, architecte / AAPP © adagp – 2017 © Aitor ORTIZ

Dynamic Scandinavian design

Experimenting with colors and textures, Mijo Studio is a forward-thinking Scandinavian design duo specializing in prints, patterns, and textiles. Their innovative work is based on analog techniques and characterized by their curious and playful approach to the creative process. 
Consider textile design to be a broad and diverse field and from their Copenhagen based studio, they design creative solutions for experimental projects and exhibitions as well as commercial collaborations within various design fields.

The design duo is founded by Miranda Tengs Brun (Norway) and Josefine Gilbert (Denmark). Educated textile designers from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Copenhagen, Denmark) their shared passion for patterns, prints and textiles brought them together to create bold patterns often characterized by dynamic brush strokes and graphic expressions.


Aio started as a playful experiment exploring the relationship between patterns and shape. The design and pattern both inspired by movement and printed with reactive dyes by hand. Textile designers Miranda Tengs Brun and Josefine Gilbert (Mijo Studio) experimented with various hand-printed techniques and invented a new printing method when they created the pattern for AIO. This process and expressions became the main inspiration for the rounded and dynamic shapes that made of specially designed foam and handmade wood construction. 

With its sculptural shapes and dynamic hand-printed pattern AIO encourages the user to interact and play. By turning and flipping the three elements, the user can create different compositions according to mood and the surrounding context. The stable foam ensures a comfortable seat while the bold and colorful pattern emphasizes AIOs playful approach and interactive function.

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Continuing the exploration into the construction of cloth, SUPER TEXTURE dives deep into the weave, the knits, and the knots, adding color and extra texture to the SOFT and BOUCLE ranges. This January Tom Dixon delves deeper into SUPER TEXTURE – the name given to the first-ever collection of textiles, and the the optimum vessel in room scents. 

Burgeoning adventures begin in print, in embroidery and in the hand tufting and looping of wool with young emerging talent to produce new families: ABSTRACT, PAINT and GEO. Three new colors are added to the existing range – Khaki, Wine and Electric Blue for a reinvigorated exercise in color stacking.

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ABSTRACT is the name given to a pair of cushions made using techniques from the rug and carpet industries. Thick, wooly, harder wearing and generally more substantial than most cushions, these are hand tufted in Varanasi, Northern India by extraordinarily skilled craftsmen.Details of a cityscape watercolor from textile artist Josephine Ortega were blown up in scale and separated on graph paper to create a grid a technique familiar in tapestry pattern, but supersized for this project.

 A collection of abstracted architectural watercolors based on scenes of British urbanism.

A collection of abstracted architectural watercolors based on scenes of British urbanism.

Urban perspective sketches and Hippy Wall hangings of the seventies were the initial inspiration for the variety of textures and blocks of saturated colors that come through in ABSTRACT. The loops, tufts and the variety of pile heights accentuate the hand-crafted nature of these cushions impossible to create by machine. Made from 100% New Zealand wool, backed with natural linen and generously filled with Danish duck feathers outstanding materiality and a human touch. 

PAINT is a set of cushions with a subtle painterly print of abstracted urban landscapes rendered onto a super soft canvas. A set of abstracted architectural watercolors based on scenes of British urbanism was also created by Josephine Ortega. The pigment of pinks and indigo were then ink jet printed onto a textured canvas of off-white linen to form stackable landscapes. Woven from natural linen mixed with lightweight viscose for a soft and natural feel, PAINT is digitally printed, sewn, stuffed and finished in Britain.

Celebrating the decorative qualities of natural phenomenon in bold embroidered strokes, GEO is the no-fuss monochromatic that packs a graphic punch.Embroidered graphic illustrations inspired by the natural geologies of rock formations and layered sediment, GEO is restrained yet expressive pattern making across two cushions and a double-sided throw.

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This heavyweight giftset of six STONE candles imagined in a triangular showcase is a color spectrum of exotic marbles. Turned on lathes by skilled engineers in India each rocky, rounded heavyweight container is unique due to the particularities of the individual block of marble. This forms the optimum vessel for the dry exotic fig and sandalwood essence of the Stone scent collection. 

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German Design Award 2018 - The Maîson of Van Cleef & Arpels designed by LI&Co. DESIGN LIMITED

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  LI&Co. DESIGN LIMITED has been selected by members of the German Design Council as one of the winners of the prestigious award of German Design Award 2018, from a pool of incredibly talented international designers.

LI&Co. DESIGN LIMITED has been selected by members of the German Design Council as one of the winners of the prestigious award of German Design Award 2018, from a pool of incredibly talented international designers.

The German Design Award is the prize that visualizes success; prizes will only be awarded to projects that genuinely represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. This year of 2017, a project of The Maîson of Van Cleef & Arpels, designed by LI&Co. DESIGN LIMITED has been selected by members of the German Design Council as one of the winners of the prestigious award of German Design Award 2018.

The project of The Maîson of Van Cleef & Arpels

The project of The Maîson of Van Cleef & Arpels requested the design studio to initiate a comprehensive study on branding for L'ÉCOLE Nomade, which shall capture the essence of L'ÉCOLE’s main campus in Paris with the embodiment of local éclat wherever the school is visiting. 

The selection of materials, color tones, and detail was carefully fine-tuned to set L'ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels apart from the boutiques without losing its heritage.

Award winner LI&Co. Design Limited is a design studio with multiple disciplines, including architecture, interior architecture, and luxury retail and hotel branding. More recently, it has developed its lines of furniture available from YILINE. Founded in 1998, with subsequent reorganization in 2005, LI&Co., is a New York and Hong Kong dual based design studio with affiliated offices in Singapore, Shanghai. Its completed and proposed projects include private houses & apartments, luxury retails & hotels, restaurants & bars, museum & gallery spaces. Its portfolio of projects is mostly focusing in Asia, such as Japan, Singapore, Thailand and cities in greater China including, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Macau, Taipei and Hong Kong. Its corporate clients include Van Cleef & Arpels, Shanghai Tang New York, Blanc de Chine, PUYI Optical, Marguerite Lee, The Shangri-La Hotel, Marriott Hotel Group, Richemont Asia Pacific, Taipei Art Deco ONE, The Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, The Hong Kong Museum of History, etc..

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The World’s First Double-Layer Ceramic Filter Cup for Hand-Drip Coffee


One of the winners of 2017 Japan Good Design Award, JIA Inc.'s Hand-Drip Coffee product line has finally hit store shelves. Coffee is more popular than ever in Asia, having already left an indelible impact on the region. The new possibilities in taste and design that this obsession has opened up are nowhere clearer than in the hand-drip coffee market. Design-driven homeware brand JIA Inc. has launched a new line of hand-drip coffee products perfect for the cooler autumn weather that's on its way. We cordially invite you to indulge in the unique and relaxing coffee moment or Chinese tea ceremony made possible by this product line, which unites the Western pleasure of coffee with the charm and spirit of Eastern tea culture. Enjoy the best of East and West.

The first double-layer ceramic filter cup gives you easy control over water temperature for a perfectly brewed coffee every time

When you're making a hand-drip coffee, selecting the right filter cup is key to controlling the flavor of the final coffee beverage. The shape, material, holes and rib frame of the cup all affect the coffee's extraction speed and the water's temperature. Filter cups for hand-drip coffee come made of various materials such as glass, plastic, metal, and ceramics. The ceramic ones boast the best insulation, meaning they can most effectively maintain water temperature during the brewing process. But even these are outperformed by JIA Inc.'s world-first double-layer ceramic filter cup design, which not only boasts superior temperature control and heat protection but also protects your hands from heat.


To suit the needs and tastes of individual hand-drip coffee lovers, JIA Inc.'s Hand-Drip Coffee line offers two choices of double-layer ceramic filter cups: wave style and cone style. The wave filter cup ensures a stable coffee-extraction process with high fault tolerance, making it ideal for those just starting out in drip brewing. It also allows the original flavor of the beans to come out, be they a dark or light roast. By contrast, the cone filter cup, with its specially designed ribbed frames that create an air gap between the paper and the cup, allows greater air flow during the extraction process. This yields a three-dimensional diversion effect and a faster water flow. The higher acid content that results makes for a smoother, fuller and more aromatic cup of coffee.


Thoughtfully designed accessories ensure an elegant ambience for at-home coffee enjoyment

This dripper sit designed exclusively for JIA Inc.'s ceramic filter cup matches a glass bottom with a stylish bamboo ring. Once your brewing is done, simply place the filter cup on the dripper sit to prevent any drips or spills. And the functionality doesn't end there – we've designed the bamboo ring so that it can be used in combination with various other pots and cups. The elegant glass server is made of heat-resistant mouth-blown glass and ensures a crystal clear view of the coffee's color and volume. In addition, its arc makes it easy to precisely rotate and shake the server to get your coffee just the way you like it. The ingenious handle was inspired by those of the kettles used in traditional Chinese tea ceremonies. It provides insulation as well as a comfortable ergonomic design. This attention to detail extends even to the server's volume markings, which we placed in consideration of the holder's viewing angle. We have made these efforts so that the users can indulge totally in the pleasures and comfort of brewing and enjoying pour-over coffee at home.

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