Urban Pen Cup

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Want to scale buildings in a single bound? You might not be personal friends with Superman but you can give your buddy the ability to topple buildings like a hero when a bad mood strikes simply by gifting them this Archi Pen Cup. The piece was designed by bitplay and Hsunli Huang 2013 as part of the Museum of Modern Art product collection. MoMA is known for forward-thinking creations and the Archi Pen Cup doesn’t disappoint. Inspired by the Manhattan neighborhood of Soho, the container brings in classic influences like cast-iron New York architecture from the late 1800s for a retro-meets-contemporary look that is somehow both trendy and timeless.

The miniature building is remarkably detailed, with five floors and two adjacent facades decorated with arched windows, fire escapes, and even front stoops. It’s easy to imagine turn-of-the-century ladies hanging out their laundry while kids sit out front tinkering with the bicycles or playing kickball. In addition to the charming construction, this container is also a handy receptacle for pens, pencils, markers, scissors, small kitchen utensils, makeup brushes, or anything else that needs to be organized in an artful way.

For anyone who loves the history and culture that makes New York so unique, this Archi Pen Cup is a beautiful gift. Give one to a New York or big city transplant or surprise someone who craves a little whimsy with their work day.


  • From the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Inspired by one of New York’s most scenic neighborhoods, SoHo.In this picturesque area, clusters of cast-iron buildings exhibit exquisite architectural elements introduced in the late 19th-century
  • Made of ABS plastic
  • Dimensions: 5.5h × 3.75w × 3.5"d
  • Made in Taiwan

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