Jsouv is a collection of finely crafted souvenirs of extraordinary architectural landmarks from around the world. Using natural materials, minimalistic design and precision machining, Jsouv was created to experience the simple beauty of each architectural wonder in the palm of your hands.
My passion for travel and background in civil engineering inspired me to create architectural souvenirs with clean lines, durable materials, and a style that could complement the decor of a modern home or office space
The Jsouv collection features 15 landmarks from New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Dubai, Tokyo, and more.
Working on each souvenir, we have tried to emphasize the most important features of each structure to make the souvenirs as clean as possible.
To accentuate the beauty of form, we use natural materials with pleasant surfaces. Each figure is made by CNC machining from a solid block of aluminum or brass. Many-axis CNC metal processing is an expensive method, but it allowed us to achieve the highest surface quality and create a unique product in small editions.
Each base is created from natural walnut to contrast its noble dark color and texture and highlight the piece itself and has 2D emblem of the city landmark on it.
The pieces are placed on the base by strong neodymium magnets and can easily be removed whenever you like.
On September 6th, Starbucks has opened their first location in Italy. It is called the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and is located in Milan, inside the historic Poste building in Piazza Cordusio. The cafe is designed as a homage to the Italian espresso culture that inspired former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, to create the Starbucks Experience 35 years ago.
It is the third Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the world and the gigantic 25,000 sq. ft. (2,300-square-meter) location will offer small-lot Arabica coffee sourced from all over the world, freshly baked bread by local baker Rocco Princi and will showcase the theatre of coffee roasting, brewing, and mixology. Another unique thing located inside the newly opened cafe is something called the ‘Dancing Lady’ – a 22 ft. bronze roasting cask, that periodically opens, giving the visitors a view of the degassing phase of coffee bean roasting.
The location’s interior is also unique – the interior is exploding with colors, features white marble countertops, mosaic marble floors, and a floor-to-ceiling story of Starbucks engraved in brass. Outside, the customers will find a beautiful terrace with giant bronze bird cages and a hand-crafted marble statue of the siren by sculptor Giovanni Balderi.
Starbucks says the new location created nearly 300 jobs in Italy, so if you’re Italian and always wanted to work for the company – you just might be in luck. Check out the pictures of Italy’s first Starbucks location in the gallery below!
3. “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970” opens at RISD Museum
RISD Museum’s Elizabeth A. Williams curated 120 years of creations by American silver manufacturer Gorham. The collection ranges from 19th-century objets d’art to Cubist-inspired coffee service, all crafted with Gorham’s signature glistening metal. The exhibition runs from May 3rdto December 1st.
4. Coalesse announces new design partners
Workplace furnishings company Coalesse recently announced new partnerships with Sagegreenlife, Carl Hansen & Son, Viccarbe, and EMU. The four companies bring fresh ideas to the table, such as bioliphic partitions from Sagegreenlife, and Carl Hansen & Son’s legacy pieces by Hans Wegner.
5. Ressource now offers extensive design services
French paint manufacturer Ressource has announced new color consulting, design, and special effects application services. These services open the door for Ressource to work closely with clients on customizing their projects.
6. Jerry Pair launches new website
Luxury furniture retailer Jerry Pair has entered the e-commerce sphere with a website refresh. The site offers 35,000 residential products including furniture, lighting, accessories, textiles, and wallcoverings.
7. Biomimicry Institute hosts annual design competition
Art imitates life—and so does design. The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge prompts designers to imagine nature-inspired solutions for urgent sustainability issues, this year’s theme being climate change. The competition is open to university students and professionals. Enter by May 8th to be considered.
Plant Seven, an emerging center for design, culture and commerce in High Point, North Carolina, furthered its reputation for cultivating innovation with Homework, an exhibition of works by undergraduates from the furniture design concentration at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Led by Richard Prisco, professor of industrial design and furniture concentration coordinator from the school’s Department of Applied Sciences, the students applied the social, cultural, aesthetic, and functional tools they’ve learned in the four-year program, while also addressing the challenge of project-appropriate manufacturing.
In 2001, Matt Gagnon introduced Acrylic Lamps, a collection of works that mimics the nighttime glow of half-occupied skyscrapers. Inspired by evening strolls through cities, the lights are scaled to the floor plate of the New York Times Building—a proposal Gagnon worked on while cutting his teeth at Gehry Partners. The designer will transform Los Angeles’s THE NEW gallery into a miniature cityscape of floor lamps for “Material Relations,” on view February 8 to April 7.