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DDW 2021: The Exploded View, Beyond Building

Eco-design studio Biobased Creations has built a showhome almost entirely from 100 different biomaterials including wood, mycelium, seaweed, straw and vegetable fibres as well as earth and sewage. In the bedroom, you can see the walls made out of our BioFold!

Unveiled at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven in October 2021, the designers’ aim is to show how eco-materials can be used in the construction of ordinary homes.  

We contributed our BioFold which made up the walls for the entire bedroom. BioFold is a unique series of acoustic elements composed of textile waste from recycled jute coffee bags. By employing origami and digital production techniques, the biocomposite material transforms into a functional, sensory and flexible architectural structure. 

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Stem Op The Exploded View!

We need your vote! The Exploded View Materials & Methods is the proud winner of a Henry van de Velde Award in the Design Research category! Now we have a chance to win the Public Gold Award! It would mean so much to all the companies and organisations who were involved in this project to share and show the power and beauty of biobased materials. 

Click here to Vote now! 

Frame Nomination

We are pleased to announce that our Canal View Echoes, in collaboration with Tom Postma Design, for Penthouse Prinsengracht has been shortlisted for the Frame Award: Large Apartment of the year. 

We exclusively designed all the curtains and rugs for Canal View Echoes, ensuring to connect indoor and outdoor experiences whilst designing acoustic and tactile textures to create an exclusive yet comfortable living space. 

Read more here. 

Bio Design Night 2021

On the 8th of October 2021, we joined the annual Biodesign Night organised by BlueCity Lab.

Invited speakers and the panel discussed: What if we could grow clothes from microbes or build furniture from living organisms? And completely replace plastic with algae or bacteria?⁠ Anna Sitnikova gave a presentation about our research project KOMBUTEX – a living textile that offers smart opportunities to tackle the challenges of indoor air quality towards a healthy environment.

Watch the full event here.

Read more about KOMBUTEX.


Mitt Jag Dance Performance

My Me went on tour around different schools in Västra Götaland starting in September 2021.

These 40-minute dance performances aimed towards children aged 8-11 to encourage their imagination, creativity and joy. My Me relates to the understanding of your body, perception of oneself in this stage of growing physically and mentally.

My Me is an interdisciplinary collaboration between choreographer Heidi Vierthaler and textile designer Samira Boon. The dancers created a textile installation using dynamic and malleable fabrics.

“Particularly fascinated by the malleable textile material that constitutes an essential prop. With this textile and a cleverly constructed, easy-to-handle metal stand, three dancers create an exciting, playful and imaginative performance.” -Britt Nordberg for 

For More information on the performance, click here

For more information about the project at Samira Boon, click here.

Art The Hague Exhibition

In September 2021, Moon Gallery Foundation exhibited Microgravity Show stand at Art the Hague, joining the Dreamland exhibition, curated by Niek Schoenmakers. Moon Gallery presented projects that were selected for the International Space Station Mission, featuring our sculpture – Sprout among other nature-inspired artworks.

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Op de Leest van Jan Jansen- Workshop

On the 28th of August, Samira Boon gave demonstrations of Japanese origami techniques at @museumjan_amstelveen !⁠

The workshop took place as part of the ‘On the Last of Jan Jansen – 60 years of shoes and Dutch Design.’ This exhibition showcased six decades of iconic work by shoe designer, Jansen, alongside multidisciplinary designs by interior, product and fashion designers, including Samira Boon.

During the workshop, Samira shared her vision and techniques. The participants got a first-hand experience of Samira’s work through samples and prototypes.

Op de leest van Jan Jansen

Earlier this year, our floating artwork Diamond 01 (2018) was part of the exhibition: Op de leest van Jan Jansen – 60 jaar schoenen & Dutch Design (On the last of Jan Jansen – 60 years of shoes & Dutch Design) which opened in Museum JAN in Amstelveen spring 2021.

This exhibition showcased six decades of iconic work by shoe designer Jan Jansen along with the work of Dutch designers. With this exhibition, Museum JAN offered a platform for young talent and showed the generational influence that the work of Jan Jansen has had. To demonstrate his status as an influential and versatile designer, Museum JAN organised an exhibition in which Jan Jansen’s oeuvre is shown in relation and context to that of (emerging) Dutch designers. At the same time, the exhibition honored his heritage, which is a lasting source of inspiration for the current and future generation of Dutch designers: from fashion designers to product designers and interior designers. In all those years his style has always been recognizable: colorful, innovative, striking, lascivious, experimental and humorous. All this is expressed in shape, color and choice of materials. 

The exhibition featured selected designs by Jansen alongside multidisciplinary designs by interior, product and fashion designers. By displaying these combinations side by side, visitors were surprised with connections that transcend disciplines: shoes next to dresses, chairs, rugs and tables.

Click to watch the video in which shoe designer Jan Jansen talks about his work and gives a sneakpeak of the exhibition.


Design by Nature Exhibition

From the 10th of July 2021 until the 3rd of October 2021 ’Design By Nature’ exhibition was held at the Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle.

The show was curated by Biobased Creations to showcase the beauty and possibilities of a new, circular and biobased economy.  The exhibits highlight and show how houses and their furnishings can be built entirely with biobased materials. 

We were able to share our biofold; a bedroom made from recycled jute and kombutex; a wall panel made from bacteria. 

To read more about the exhibition at Museum de Fundatie, click here. 

Tropen Museum Mask Workshop

On the 5th and 8th of July 2021, Studio Samira Boon took part in “Masterclasses in the making place’ at the Tropen Museum which invited the public to join designers in making their own facemask. These masterclasses ran throughout summer and were open to everyone!

The workshop is concluded but you can still get your own playful mask here. 

Winner Architizer A+Awards

We are honoured to announce BiOrigami as the winner of the Architizer A+Awards in the acoustics category. This unique series of 3D acoustic elements is composed of textile waste from jute coffee bags.

BiOrigami uses these non-reusable textiles that are otherwise hard to recycle, alongside biobased plastics in a new biocomposite material. By employing Japanese origami and digital production techniques, the biocomposite material transforms into a functional, sensory and flexible architectural product. BiOrigami gives interiors (from office spaces to restaurants) a distinct, sustainable identity and can be installed as wall panel or acoustic elements.  According to the Architizer A+Awards jury, BiOrigami stood out in the judging criteria aesthetic appeal, acoustic performance and social impact.

BiOrigami was developed in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (UvA) and NEXT architects. It was awarded a Kiem grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Under the name BioFold we are implementing this innovative material on a commercial scale i.c.w. NPSP, DoFactory and Wolck. 

Read more about BiOrigami >>

Join us for LABS meetup #2

Together with Hybrid Forms Lab by Raoul Frese (VU Amsterdam) and Waag’s Textile Lab, we organise the second meetup for LABS: Future Interiors on 10 September 2020.

In Living Aero Bacterial Systems’ (LABS) we investigate the application possibilities of lab-grown textiles to improve our interiors in a sustainable way: a kombucha-based textile as 100% biodegradable interior elements and as substrate for vegetation.

During this LABS meetup #2, we explore how to pave the road from a small scale, lab-grown, living material towards a user accepted, trendsetting, competitive interior applicable product. Speakers include: Iza Awad (researcher VU Amsterdam), Els Zijlstra (material matchmaker) and Eva van den Broek (founder Foundation Behavioural Insights). The meetup is moderated by journalist and writer Jeroen Junte.

This online meetup will take place on Thursday 10 September 2020, from 20:00 – 21:00.
Attendance is free, however registration is required.

More information and register >>
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GLUE: Open studio and sample sale

From 18 to 20 September, discover our latest projects, sample sale and much more during the first edition of GLUE Amsterdam.

GLUE is new: a 3-day design weekend event in Amsterdam from 18-20 September 2020. The small-scale public event gives visitor the opportunity to experience over approximately 30 locations: from the Stedelijk Museum and international design brands to designer studios. During GLUE Amsterdam we organise a sample collection sale and give special sneak previews our most recent projects.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in our studio!

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Project grant for BIONIC LACE

The new multidisciplinary research project BIONIC LACE received a grant for “Contemporary Use of Crafts” from the Creative Industries Fund NL. For BIONIC LACE we collaborate with lace artist Margreeth Heijs and Touwslagerij Steenbergen to implement our shared vision of a lightweight and energy-efficient structures of the future by developing 3D laces.

BiOrigami at DDW2019

BioOrigami as a part of Landscape of Applied Design Research exhibition during DDW 2019 all week at Klokgebouw | Hall 3 | Strijp-S. On Wednesday 23 October @16.30 our research icw HvA will be explained in the special Speakerscorner in hall 3 of the Klokgebouw. Readings are in English.

Jeroen van den Eijnde (ArtEZ) – GROW/T: Developing a sustainable fabric from a design perspective.

Karin van Beurden (Saxion) – Renewal of care through the use of 3D printing.

Hartmut Koenitz (HKU) – Interactive Narrative Design.

Peter Troxler (HHS and HR) – Future-Proof Retail: innovate a sector with labs.

Mark Lepelaar (HvA) – BiOrigami; value creation for circular biocomposite by origami.

Antien Zuidberg (HAS) – Better food with 3D food printing.

Until 18.00

conference EPSC-DPS Geneva


HORTUS BIONICA – Robotic Garden for Sustainable Habitat Design

Our research paper was selected and presented at the conference of European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) and Division for Planetary Sciences of American Astronomical Society (DPS), Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG) as a part of the session on Lunar and planetary outposts for sustainable settlements, discovery and technology. We had an inspiring time meeting and exchanging ideas with the space professionals e. g. NASA, ESA, DLR.

HORTUS BIONICA icw SensorLab is the next step towards our vision of dynamic architecture that interacts and cooperates with the users to improve our habitat. Project is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL.

material exhibition during 100% Design London

studio samira boon at 100 percent design london

Our work on display at Material Studio 18th – 19th September, Olympia London.

100% Design collaborated with MaterialDriven to create Material Studio, a showcase of 29 innovative materials including our signature product – ARCHI FOLDS. The area addressed some of the key issues of our time such as sustainability, performance, energy efficiency, waste, health and wellbeing.

Take a look at the materials that were shown.

Exhibition Techtextil in Frankfurt

Studio Samira Boon has been invited to be part of the showcase exhibition “Urban Living – City of the Future” from 14-17 May 2019 at Techtextil and Texprocess in Frankfurt.

The exhibition, supported by Creative Holland, an initiative of the Dutch Creative Industries and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, examines the role that textiles and textile composites can play in the future of cities and highlight an array of outstanding examples of urban textile innovations from the Netherlands. In her presentation, Samira Boon plays upon the synergy between user and space to improve the indoor climate. It is a sustainable architecture that directly responds to our experience of space.

Grant for Hortus Bionica

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Hortus Bionica is a series of installations as an artificial ecosystem, able to interfere in its surrounding to improve our habitat.

We received financial support from the Creative Industries Fund NL to further develop our ideas for adaptive textile structures by incorporating sensor and smart technologies i.c.w. SensorLab Utrecht. Under the name Hortus Bionica we will research and test different types of sensors to develop an organic, sustainable architecture. Like a living organism, the instalations of Hortus Bionica automatically react to outside stimuli to fold/unfold and contribute to an optimal indoor climate.

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Textile 4.0 Conference

textile conference webHow to shape the design process enabling circular material flows?

On Wednesday 7 November 2018 Anna Sitnikova, our Product Development Engineer, will give a presentation during the Textile 4.0 Conference in Amsterdam. The conference is part of Innovate Textile and Apparel Europe 2018 and is a multi-stream event providing in-depth knowledge on the digitalisation of manufacturing, its impact on business strategy, and opportunities from smart materials.

Anna will argue for design processes in close collaborations with the industry to close the gap between concepts and materialisation by learning the machine possibilities and setting the parameters for production as an integral part of product development. Optimised production enables waste reduction.

DRIVE Festival during DDW

Projectvoorstel BiOrigami-KIEM-hbo-20180227 DEFHow to create added value for waste materials using digital production techniques?

Samira Boon and Anna Sitnikova will give a talk during the Dutch Design Week as part of the ClickNL DRIVE Festival on 25 October, 11:30h at Natlab, Eindhoven.

DRIVE Festival is the annual Design Research & Innovation Festival presenting state-of-the-art research and innovations, developments and designs that will give you a glimpse of the possible future. With a programme of over 36 interactive sessions, DRIVE is the perfect place for creative professionals and researchers who are looking for inspiration and connection.

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Winner Architizer Awards


The project Archi Folds is winner of both the popular choice and the jury award of the Architizer Awards 2018!

The Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating architecture and products. This year’s jury included Denise Scott Brown, Bjarke Ingels and Olson Kundig, as well as personalities from beyond architecture like Barry Bergdoll (MoMA The Museum of Modern Art).

Archi Folds is a collaboration with TextielMuseumTextielLab, Theaters Tilburg and The University of Tokyo.

archifolds a+awards finalist

051_postTheaters-Tilburg-Archi-Folds_Samira_Boon_©OssipExcited to be finalist this year’s Architizer A+Awards in the category fabric & textiles – and you can help us to become a winner! Vote for our project ARCHI FOLDS here: VOTE

Project in collaboration with textiellab, the University of Tokyo & Theaters Tilburg.

Kiem grant for biorigami

unit4web_bannerThe winning research project BiOrigami is a collaboration between the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Mark Lepelaar and Annelies de Leede), Studio Samira Boon and NEXT architects. It will explore the potential of applying origami techniques to new biocomposite materials. The circular pavilion that is being developed by NEXT architects i.c.w. Amvest will serve as a case study.

The research project will start in September. Read more on the NWO website >>

Origami and technology at Lexus

Lexus_websiteStudio Samira Boon has been invited at a special Lexus event to talk about about the potential of origami structures.

both Lexus and Studio Samira Boon highly value what the Japanese call ‘Takumi’: attention to detail and craftsmanship. Origami is not only an important expression of Japanese identity and philosophy: its flexible and dynamic structures allow to connect nature and science in new and innovative ways. Lexus is also using origami in their newest cars.

The Lexus event took place on 12-13 June in the Louwman Museum in the Hague, home to the world’s oldest private collection of classic motor cars. The building was designed by American architect Michael Graves.

Sociale top 2018

Sociale top_websiteHow can we create a society where people take responsibility for themselves and each other? How can the government provide support to people who need it? 

Studio Samira Boon was invited to participate to the Social Top 2018 in Utrecht on 11 June 2018.

During this inspiring day, at 50 locations across Utrecht, we met with other entrepreneurs, creative professionals, residents and policy makers. In small groups we discuss topical issues and challenges from the social domain: care, education, living, work, sport, culture, safety and integration. Not only policies were discussed, but also how to translate those policies into practice.

The 3rd Social Top is an initiative of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG).

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GOLD WINNER A Design Awards

A Design Award competition_wordpressARCHI FOLDS by Samira Boon, i.c.w. Textile Museum, Theaters Tilburg and Tokyo University is the gold winner of the A’Design Award 2018 in the in Textile, Fabric, Textures, Patterns and Cloth Design Category.

The A’Design Award is the world’s largest and most diffused international design awards. This year, the A’Design Award & Competition received application from 100 countries in 99 different design disciplines. Best products, projects and services worldwide that demonstrate superior design, technology and creativity are rewarded with the A’ Design Award; the symbol of excellence in design and innovation. There are five different levels of distinction: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron. The award ceremony will take place in June in Como, Italy.

Lecture of the Boosting at Octatube and New Year’s drink

z&jaTogether with Zwarts & Jansma architects and Octatube we will give a presentation on the spectacular glass extension on the roof of the Diamond Exchange in Amsterdam.
Thursday 25 Januari, 16.00 – 19.00; initiated by Boosting, platform for innovation; Join us

Creative Heroes Award 2017


The collaboration project ARCHI FOLDS Theaters Tilburg (Studio Samira Boon, Theaters TilburgTextielMuseum / TextielLab and University of Tokyo) is the winner of the Creative Heroes Award 2017 within the category Interieur – Samenwerking !

Healthcare symposium


On the 2nd of June, our research & rocking bench movie will be part of “Building the Future of Health” International Conference in Groningen. We will be featured in a lecture Design & Dementia #ageing in place. The project is organized by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and Cordaan.

archi folds

archifolds-m-series-3D-textiles-samiraboon-20 copy Our ARCHI FOLDS are now launched at the Co-Creation exhibition! Venue: Dutch Textile Museum Date: 2016-01-16 – 2017-03-17


schiphol copy 2We are currently working on a very special project: Holland Boulevard @ Schiphol airport! To be disclosed later this year….!


Mikimoto gallery

small-mikimoto_samira boon_12Our latest textiles can be seen in the exhibition “Tradition and Innovation of Dutch Design” presented by the Mikimoto gallery and the Dutch embassy. Curated by Lenn Cox. Photo credits go to Aki Takematsu.
Venue: Mikimoto hall, Tokyo
Date: 2014/03/27 – 2014/04/23

tonton workshop

sankakumado_playful_window_mosaique_22-smallWe were invited by tonton to organize a San Kaku Mado workshop in the Shibaura House, which is designed by Kazuyo Sejima. Photo credits go to Kakano Ougi.
Venue: Shibaura House, 3-15-4 Minato-ku Tokyo
Date: 2014/03/29

Gelinkt exhibition Samira Boon Spacer Chair


The selected favorites of Lieven Daenens, honorary director of the Design Museum Gent will be shown in a new netwerk of related objects. The exhibition ’Gelinkt’ (‘Connected’) includes Pappardelle by Ron Arad connected to our Spacer Chair!
Venue: Design Museum, Jan Breydelstraat 5 BE-9000 Gent
Date: 2013/11/28 – 2014/3/2

Exhibition Highlights TextielLab: Glowing Caterpillar

Highlights TextielLab

For Theaters Tilburg we created a foldable structure inspired on a caterpillar in collaboration with NEXT architects. The glowing caterpillar transforms the space into an intimate setting, see the design process and experience the result at
Highlights TextielLab: Glowing Caterpillar.
Venue: TextielMuseum, Goirkestraat 96, 5046 GN Tilburg
Date: 2013/11/14 – 2014/04/13

Interview Design Talks with Samira Boon

design talks

During Samira Boon’s stay in Japan she was interviewed by NHK WORLD for Design Talks. She was asked because she applies traditional Japanese folding and wrapping techniques with unique materials in modern design.
Date: 2013/10/24

''Stoelendans'' exhibition at CBK Amsterdam.


The exhibition ‘Stoelendans, 101 original chair concepts’, is a tribute to the chair. Stichting Zetel selected 101 special chairs and we are honored our spacer chair is one of them. The spacer chair is made during the Dry Tech 3 project, in collaboration with the TU Delft Aerospace faculty, Droog Design and Next architects. Definitely take a look as it’s a colourful and unique overview, it will inspire you too!
Venue: CBK Amsterdam, Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71, 1093 KS Amsterdam
Date: 2013/08/22 – 2013/10/06

Interactive elevator at the Transnatural Exhibition.

linking parts exhibition

Samira Boon is invited by Transnatural to participate at the Linking Parts exhibition. Transnatural organizes events en represents the Label in which technology plays by the rules of nature. The exhibition is about linking ‘devices’ that lead to different forms of collaboration. Our latest project the ‘interactive elevator’ will be a part of the exhibition.
venue: Transnatural Linking Parts exhibition Workspace Lijnbaansgracht 148a Amsterdam.
date: 2013/09/14 – 2014/01/10

changing identity collection

In our latest textile project ‘Changing Identity’, we have created a series of heat-responsive shawls. Featuring either an iris code or fingerprint pattern, the image on the shawls will change colour according to the temperature to create a personal identity code. more


Samira Boon is invited by Fokkema partners Architects to become part of the multi-disciplinary team that conducts research into innovative applications of textiles in the interior. Renowned experts in the field of architecture, smart textiles and product design, gave feedback during the expert meeting December 2012. The results of this study will be presented by showing mock ups and samples on 4 April at the Textile Museum Tilburg. venue: TextielMuseum Tilburg
date: 2013/04/04

theaters tilburg

This special artwork, commissioned by Theatres Tilburg was revealed during a concert of Amsterdam’s Sinfonietta. The object can best be described as an enormous space divider that can transform its size as well as its character and as such the entire concert hall. The screen is made out of white fabric and green glow-in-the-dark yarn, and the pattern will keep glowing in the dark even after the beautiful concert hall had turned off its lights – leaving a translucent atmosphere. Click here for more information on the project.
Venue: Tilburg Theatres
Date: 2012/10/09

kia & hyundai workshop

The Hyundai Motor Group and Kia Motors, invited Samira Boon to organize a workshop for the entire design and marketing team. During this successful intensive 6 days Conceptual Breakthrough Thinking workshop new approaches on the process of car design were explored.
Executed in cooperation with Bart Reuser and Myoung Won Suh.

tomo ni iki yo!

Japan got hit by a terrible disaster and the Japanese need their business more than ever. Therefore we announce that 100% of our profit on the Japan produced furoshiki shiki will be transferred to the JAPANESE RED CROSS. This applies to all products ordered directly at SAMIRA BOON (distributors and shops only) or orders made at the webshop of GOODS.
until 2011/04/17

folding exhibition

“folding” exhibition – Together with Kim Sang kyu and Joanna van der Zande, Samira Boon will be curating this exhibition, based on the previous one shown at Platform 21 (Amsterdam) but transformed to Korean culture and contemporary themes and issues.
venue: Korean  Craft & Design Foundation in Seoul, South Korea
date: 01/06/2011 – 30/06/2011

CJ assignment

One of the largest Korean Companies in food and food services, Cheil Jedang,  has asked Samira Boon to make designs for one of their product lines; the results will be shown after it’s revealed.

permanent collection

The “Dutch museum of bags and purses Hendrikje” has selected the furoshiki shiki for their permanent collection.

Currently the furoshiki shiki is also part of the exhibition “WHY OLD FASHIONED” (interweaving old techniques).
“With this exhibition we prove that handcraft techniques are back in fashion. Well known designers and fashion houses are using traditional techniques such as weaving, embroidery, knitting and crochet.” “…nowadays designers may also choose to use unconventional materials such as cotton, ribbons, plastic bags, plastic wires and even sweet packets”
venue: Dutch museum of bags “Hendrikje” Amsterdam, Netherlands
date: 2011/02/14 – 2011/09/11

waffle sleeve release

Our waffle sleeves are released in Japan: after a major transformation mori art and design shop in roppongi hills is the first shop to carry the waffle sleeves.
venue: roppongi hills art & design store, Tokyo, Japan
date: 2011/02/16

group exhibition

“Behind the Scenes” is a group exhibition at the Textile Museum Tilburg. The presentation offered a privileged peep at some of the most innovative and interesting projects that were carried out in 2009 in the Textile Lab.
venue: Dutch Textile Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands
date: 2010/06/04 – 2010/09/26

lecture in Seoul

During the Seoul Design Fair 2010 the “Dutch Design and Architecture Seminar” was organized by the Dutch Embassy. Samira Boon was one of the lecturers.
venue: Jamsil Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea
date: 2010/09/28

new: Ipad cover

The Furoshiki shiki series is extended with a new size. It perfectly fits the Ipad, protecting it from any damages; especially nice to mention is: the touch screen still works through the cover so there is no need to unwrap it all the time.

100% summerdesign

Organized by museum “De Paviljoens” and curated by Claudia Linders this  event “100% summerdesign” was part of the program “pionieren in de poort”.
venue: temporary museum in Almere
date: 2010/06/06

shanghai shop

Now our products are also available in China’s tallest skyscraper: the museum shop in the Shanghai World Financial Center.