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Lunar New Year: 7 Designs Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit

The new year brings new fortunes, and in 2023, the Year of the Rabbit promises longevity, positivity and auspiciousness

By Designlines

On January 22nd, millions of people around the world will celebrate Lunar New Year, which marks an official start to 2023 and the Year of the Rabbit. In Chinese tradition, that entails an abundance of feasting and street festivities, while lucky young ones will receive red envelopes with money inside. Red is a symbol of luck in Chinese culture and the gesture is meant to summon good fortune in the year to come. Along with splashes of red, motifs of the Chinese zodiac appear on decor, garments and more. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite designs celebrating the holiday and Year of the Rabbit.

Lunar New Year Coach
Lunar New Year Signature Rabbit And Carriage Print Silk Bandana, $59 at Coach Outlet.

Coach’s Silk Bandana

Part of the designer brand’s Lunar New Year collection, which includes bags and keychains among other fashion accessories, Coach’s silk bandana plays on the classic horse-drawn carriage logo—replacing the horse with a rabbit. The festive emblem is paired with a bright red border to complete the look.

Canadian collector's coin, 2023
Lunar New Year of the Rabbit Pure Silver Coin, $99 at Royal Canadian Mint.

Canada’s Newest Collector’s Coin

Designed by illustrator and graphic designer Lily Kao, the reverse of this silver collector’s coin celebrates the Year of the Rabbit with a folk art-styled depiction of the Goddess of the Moon’s furry companion. The gentle and good-natured Rabbit is seen leaping over a crescent moon that symbolizes new beginnings.

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WF Kid’s Rabbit Chair, $539 at Atomi.

Atomi’s Rabbit Chair

Hand-crafted from hinoki cypress wood, these Japanese-made desk chairs draw their clever design from rabbit ears. Both playful and understated, they’re a unique way to incorporate the Year of the Rabbit without being too on the nose.

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Year of the Rabbit AF-1, $170 at Nike.

Nike’s Shanghai Dunks

Nike designed its first Year of the Rabbit confectionery-themed AF-1 in 2011. This year, a nostalgic design pays homage to the original. They’re sprinkled with nods to touchstone cities around China, rabbit “fluff” accents and translucent outsole featuring years 2011 and 2023, connecting you to the past and present as you step into the future.

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Poketo New Year Card, $7 at 313 Design Market.

Seasons Greetings from Poketo

LA-based stationery and home goods designer Poketo commissioned artist Kassia Rico for the cover of this festive Lunar New Year treat. Two modular Chinese lanterns adorn the greeting card along with stars and mandarin oranges—traditionally regarded as a symbol of good fortune.

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Moooi’s Rabbit Pet Table Lamp, $816 at Casa Di Luce.

Pet Lights by Marcel Wanders Studio

Nothing says “good fortune” like gold. Designed as a bedside pet to add whimsy to nightstands, Moooi’s Rabbit Pet Lamp pairs a frosted glass body with ceramic gold bunny ears. It’s sleek, warming and the perfect accent to hop into 2023.

Our Place collection
Year of the Rabbit Collection, items from $40 at Our Place.

Our Place’s Firecracker Collection

From kitchen essentials brand Our Place, the Lunar New Year collection brings a variety of celebratory kitchen items to the table. At the heart of the collection is the Year of the Rabbit rice bowls, designed and hand-glazed by artist Vanilla Chi. Along with bamboo chopsticks and ceramic rests, this new release also honours the Lunar New Year with the brand’s first-ever red Perfect Pot in a vibrant Firecracker finish.


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