City Icons

Contemporary souvenir


City Icons

Contemporary souvenir



London, Berlin, Tokyo, Milan, New York and the other icons of the collection emerge as primary shapes.

A collection of snow balls that celebrates the contemporary city.

Each snow ball contains a symbolic element of the contemporary cityscape which intentionally avoids its certain identification, raising curiosity and a sense of mystery and suspension.

The elegance of the design transforms one of the most popular and classic souvenirs into a strikingly contemporary object while entirely preserving its emotional and seductive power.

An incursion, and an ironic one at that, into a field where design doesn’t usually feel at home!

The essential icon chosen to synthesize the city acquires a new life between water and snow.

Marco Sammicheli — curator of the project —
talks about City Icons

Have you ever tried the feeling of possessing a city on your hands?


8.7cm × 8.7cm × 8 cm

Available cities

Hong Kong
New York

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to read more about the project


Paolo Dell’Elce

City icons is a collection of scale reproductions of some of the most important contemporary landmarks, where the subjects are reinterpreted and brought back to their essential form. The simplification process implemented attempts to achieve the purity of the original volume, probably conceived by the architect in the very early stage of design. The neutral material and the absence of color confer a further degree of abstraction and recall the outline of a building that stands out at night on the skyline.

Here the outline of the building he is representing holds the mystery of darkness…

…the fascination of night and the absence of definition that is typical of dreams.

Marco Sammicheli, project curator

The Icons are discussing the weather.

One asks
“Any snow at your place today?”, another answers “Yes, several times”.

“I’m snowed in over here!” says the third, peeking out from under the snow pile.

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Additional information

Weight 0.600 kg
Dimensions 14.0 x 14.0 x 5.0 cm