In 2005, the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taiwan and Alessi in Italy started an ongoing design collaboration around the idea of “Third Culture: East meets West”. The museum, considered the “Louvre of Orient,” wanted to raise awareness on the international scene in support of its new XXI century image. In 2007, Stefano Giovannoni and Rumiko Takeda designed the “Family of Mr.Chin” series in which each piece represents a specific household function: kitchen timer, salt & pepper set and egg cup.

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