All Articles
All Articles
CULTURE

Year of the Golden Pig

by Tim Yu
on 18 February 2007
goldenpigbank.jpg

18 Feb 2007 on the Gregorian calender marks the Chinese new year but this isn't any old new year. Lunar year 4704 is the year of the Golden Pig—a once in 600 year occurance—and is thought to mark a particularly auspcious year.

We aren't expert in the nuances of Chinese astrology but we have pulled together a few things to help you ring in the year of the Golden Pig. Happy New Year!

The classic Ceramic Golden Piggy Bank (above left) comes in several sizes. From $4.50 at Pearl River.

AmigoPiggyBank.jpg

Amigo, an Argentinian leather line, features desk accessories that are simple and functional, like "Piggy" (right). Constructed out of supple leather, you won't have to "break the bank" to get to your savings, which can easily emptied by releasing a flap below the tail. $45 from the MoMA store.

PigTV.jpg

This pig doubles as a TV! Hannspree makes this 10" LCD television encased in a removeable soft pig lining. $399 from Hannspree.

PigCoin.jpg

The People’s Bank of China issued these commemorative year of the pig coins, which include 13 coins in different valuations (seven gold, six silver, all are legal tender). They feature patterns of Chinese ancient bronzeware and of Acalypha hispida, (commonly known as the Red-hot Cat's Tail). Our favorite (pictured above) is the 10,000 Yuan coin with jumping pigs.

HLpigbankgold.jpg

Last time we featured the Harry Allen Pig Bank it was not available in gold. Now the bank (cast from a real pig) is (right). Not to worry, the pig died of natural causes and Allen will donate 5% of the proceeds to The Humane Society of the United States. The pig can fit more than $10,000 dollar bills.
$195 from Moss.

luckypigfamilysuite.jpg

Those who prefer more than one pig may find this Lucky Pig Family Statue to bring you more luck and prosperity than any single pig can deliver. $12.50 from Pearl River.

The Bacon Scarf promises not only to bring you good luck but to keep you warm too. One side is well marbled, the other lean. $35 from Shopsin's General Store.

JAGoldPiggyBank.jpg

Jonathan Adler's Piggy Bank in gold features a golden smooth porcine experience. $130 from Jonathan Adler.

pigstamp.jpg

China's postal authority has released a collectors edition set of large pig-bearing stamps. Rumored to be pork scented, though we doubt it.

botmclub.jpg

The Grateful Palate's Bacon of the Month Club delivers a different artinsinal bacon to your door every month and includes an enticing array of pig accessories including a bacon-themed comic strip, toy rubber pig, a t-shirt, recipes and more. From $140 at The Grateful Palate.

24kboar.jpg

Cell phone charms haven't really caught on in the States, but they are all the rage in most of Asia. This 24-karat boar (left) costs 30,000 Yen at Japan's Rakuten. via Gizmodo.

PigButtLighter.jpg

We couldn't help but include this Pig lighter (right). The tail acts as the clicker and the flame shoots out of the pig's behind. $5 from Eclipsems.

The CH25 is a showcase of creators and innovators from a broad range of disciplines who are currently working to drive the world forward.

Sarah Kunst

The entrepreneur single-handedly changing the landscape for women in tech

Read More
People who live on a planet that is half women but can never seem to find any when they need one, I have solved your problem

Douglas Riboud + Justin Guilbert

How a mission to create great coconut water led to a whole new way of doing business

Read More
We’ve made a conscious decision to be as transparent and honest as we can, and let people decide for themselves

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Documenting the slow, troubling change in Braddock, Pennsylvania

Read More
I am not a journalist, I am a conceptual documentary artist using my visual expression for building narratives that are unseen and unheard

Marcus Weller

Using technology to turn motorcycle helmet design on its head

Read More
I was taken aback both by the number of people that doubted it, and by the equally large number of people that got behind it

Dan Barasch + James Ramsey

A quest to make the future brighter—underground

Read More
We both share a passion for groundbreaking technology and a shared love of New York

Kegan Schouwenburg

Revolutionizing orthotics through 3D-printed insoles

Read More
What orthotics do is they effectively change the geometry of what your alignment is like

Kathleen Supové

The NYC performance artist who’s radically reinventing the piano recital

Read More
I like pieces that are virtuosic, that show off the piano and what it can do, and are awe-inspiring

George Arriola and Monohm

An heirloom electronic for the post-smartphone era

Read More
We agonized during the design process as all hyper-obsessed craftspeople should

Corinne Joachim Sanon

The chocolatier bringing social change to Haiti and bean-to-bar chocolate to the world

Read More
Seeing the poverty surrounding me and the lack of jobs and opportunity bothered me

Sabine Seymour

A future where smart clothes are as ubiquitous as zippers

Read More
In the future you will not buy a piece of 'functional' clothing without SoftSpot

Joshua Harker

Pushing the boundaries of sculpture with intricate 3D printing

Read More
My intent was to explore and depict the architecture of the imagination, to interpret and share forms evident in the mind’s eye

Melissa Kushner

Addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through microenterprise

Read More
Poverty is complicated, there is an increasing temptation and pressure in the development space to oversimplify things

Tarren Wolfe

The next-generation appliance making kitchens greener—literally

Read More
Our goal is to provide food for everyone in the world, and the best place to start is in our very own community

Pauline van Dongen

The Dutch designer blazing the wearable technology path

Read More
I’m fascinated by concepts of change, movement, energy and perception; since they are closely related to the way we experience the world

Meredith Perry

How searching the Internet helped a 22-year-old invent wireless electricity

Read More
It’s not about where the information is, it’s about how you use the tools

Matt Kenyon

Fusing art and technology to disrupt concepts of corporate America

Read More
I want the work to live in the world and circulate, so it can generate more dialogue

Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes

The young filmmaker and non-profit founder who just wants people to follow their dreams

Read More
I feel confident and ready to accomplish so much more, the movement is on

Cynthia Breazeal

How an emotional, empathetic robot named Jibo stands to revolutionize communication

Read More
The thing that's so provocative about social robots is that it's fundamentally a community technology

Vanessa Newman

Redesigning pregnancy for the post-gender generation with Butchbaby & Co.

Read More
I want my customers to feel comfortable and unchanged, in that becoming pregnant didn't take away from or compromise their identity

Alex Kalman

The tiny museum in Manhattan that’s redefining museums

Read More
The mission is to put this small simple and powerful tool into the hands of as many people as possible

Eelke Plasmeijer

The locally driven restaurant that’s upending Balinese food culture

Read More
We really try to keep things simple and let the produce do the talking

Jonathan Sparks

Reinventing electronic music by inventing multi-disciplinary instruments

Read More
Recorded music is becoming so cheap, so the value of music is now in live performance

Roxie Darling

From un-shampoo to transgender identity, the NYC colorist boldly defining the next chapter of hair

Read More
Hair color is as much a science as it is a craft

Lulu Mickelson

A civic leader bringing change to NYC through design

Read More
Human-centered design is one of the many tools that we can use to better engage the public

Tal Danino

The bioengineer who’s programming DNA to fight cancer

Read More
[Manipulating genes] is very new, people are just learning how to program these organisms
Loading More...