Shaanxi History Museum: Traditional Chinese folding fan
A folding fan is a "cool" travel accessory in hot weather as it’s easy to carry and needs no electricity. The Shaanxi History Museum recently rolled out a traditional Chinese folding fan with the motif of the mythical bird luan. The design was inspired by an item in the museum’s collection, a mirror with four gold mythical birds symbolizing happiness and a better life. Against a background color of sapphire blue, the folding fan exudes a graceful and noble charm.
National Museum of China: Umbrella with star motifs
In recent years, the National Museum of China in Beijing has designed a series of practical cultural and creative products, of which an umbrella is the most popular. Its motif with 28 constellations and 1,434 stars is drawn from one of the museums’ artifacts: an astronomy-based stele rubbing from the Song Dynasty (960-1279). What a gorgeous umbrella!
Shanghai Museum: Luggage tags
Are you preparing for your next wonderful trip? And have you hung a luggage tag on your luggage case? If not, you can check out baggage tags rolled out by the Shanghai Museum. They are designed with four different motifs, including a dragon, the Deities of Blessings, Wealth, and Longevity, a pheasant, and paired birds to wish you a safe journey!
Palace Museum: Portable fan
Want to save some waving effort by using an analogue fan? The Palace Museum in Beijing recently launched a portable fan powered by batteries. It adopts the unique design of window lattices in traditional Chinese architecture and combines the ancient and modern characteristics of Chinese fans. In the center, there is a crane motif that was inspired by a painting in the museum’s collection. What’s more, the tassel of the fan exudes quaint charms and presents the quintessence of Chinese art and culture.
National Museum of China: Portable charger
As the portable phone charger is one of our daily necessities, the National Museum of China recently unveiled a multi-functional one that looks like a mini shoulder bag. Its floral motif was taken from an enamel flower vase from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in the museum’s collection. By the way, the charger can also be used as a hand warmer in winter. How unique the design is!
Sanxingdui Museum: Bottle openers
Check out a pair of bottle openers rolled out by the Sanxingdui Museum in Southwest China’s Sichuan province! Their ingenious design was inspired by the two formidable bronze masks that are the museum’s star artifacts. The bottle openers are also fridge magnets that can decorate your kitchen.
Hunan Museum: key chain pendants
Do you like playing around with DIY gadgets in idle moments? The Hunan Museum has rolled out key chain pendants for mixing and matching! Their design was based on ancient cultural relics in the museum’s collection depicting an elephant, a boar, a civet, and a human figure. Choose one or more to make your own key chain!