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Packaging & Products
Quirky and Cute Individually Hand-Stamped Kokeshi Matches

Quirky and Cute Individually Hand-Stamped Kokeshi Matches

I’m very amused by these quirky, individually hand-stamped matches by Japanese artist Hiromi Hirasaka– everything from the illustrated matchbox to the delicately detailed faces is delightfully weird and precise and adorable. Named Kokeshi Matches after the familiar Japanese wooden dolls, the match faces started off being drawn by hand, and then were updated to stamps...
Clean, Simple, Minimal Stamped Packaging for Japanese Honey

Clean, Simple, Minimal Stamped Packaging for Japanese Honey

I haven’t written about packaging in a long time, as it can easily get lost in the massiveness of art galleries and openings and installations. This packaging of Onuma Honey by Akaoni Design kept drawing me in, and I have to admit its a huge breath of fresh air from the overly slick packaging I’m used...
Wingnut Pencil Sharpener: An Easier, Sleeker Spin

Wingnut Pencil Sharpener: An Easier, Sleeker Spin

I’m a bit in love with this simple wingnut pencil sharpener designed by Sasha Blagov– the familiar winged shape makes it easier than ever to maneuver the flimsy shavings. You may not think the typical pencil sharpener requires a redesign, but in this case the classic, simple look is a fantastic upgrade for the simple...
Stylish Wine For Safeway: Bringing Gorgeous Packaging Design To Your Local Supermarket

Stylish Wine For Safeway: Bringing Gorgeous Packaging Design To Your Local Supermarket

Stylish wine package design is probably not something you associate with mass retailers, especially grocery stores, but design studio Stranger & Stranger collaborated with Safeway to bring these gorgeous, elaborate designs to American shelves. These bottle sleeves encase products from winemaker Truett Hurst with a variety of styles, ranging from richly embellished typography to bright...
Funny Moustached Paintbrush Packaging

Funny Moustached Paintbrush Packaging

This made me smile today: Simon Laliberté, a student at UQAM, designed this clever and quirky paintbrush packaging for a fictive company called Poilus that uses the two brushes for humorous effect in the package design. Hand-drawn faces on the packaging look back at you bemusedly, and the bigger paintbrush acts as an enormous moustache,...
Lovely Handmade Geometric Glass Terrariums

Lovely Handmade Geometric Glass Terrariums

I’m smitten with these handmade glass terrariums by Matthew Cleland of Score+Solder– according to Old Faithful Shop, which is where I first saw these beauties, Cleland is a traveling gypsy who hand-solders these lovely geometric pieces that look like miniature greenhouses. Some of the terrariums appear as tipped prisms, off-balance quartz forms, or hanging geometric...
An Ingenious Foldable Ladder: The Corner Ladder

An Ingenious Foldable Ladder: The Corner Ladder

This is one of those designs where I’m astonished that no one came up with it sooner. Designed by the Barcelona-based Company & Company design studio, the Corner Ladder is a beautifully constructed wooden ladder that easily folds into itself for slim storage. I love the rounded corners and smooth surface of the ladder sides...
Pure-Bottle: Recycling One Glass Bottle Into Three Beautiful Objects

Pure-Bottle: Recycling One Glass Bottle Into Three Beautiful Objects

Wine bottles are rarely repurposed creatively: at best, I see them being used as tall candleholders or flower vases, but Pure-Bottle solves the problem by recycling the bottles in a beautiful, truly useful way. Designed by Barcelona-based studio Lucirmás, each Pure-Bottle is precisely cut at two points to create a glass, a spoon, and a...
Amazing Expanding Zigzag Bookcase

Amazing Expanding Zigzag Bookcase

The REK bookcase by Rotterdam designer Reinier de Jong is a masterpiece in minimalism and functionality– the zigzag bookcase creates a beautiful shape as it expands to accomodate more and more objects. When shut, the piece looks enigmatic and statuesque with its zigzag pattern; when open, the shelves appear complexly staggered, perfect for all sorts...
Nessie Pins: Creative Loch Ness Thumbtacks

Nessie Pins: Creative Loch Ness Thumbtacks

These Nessie pins are killing me– they’re undeniably cute, and I want to own more than a couple packs! Designed by UK designer Duncan Shotton, each pack of thumbtacks inspired by the famed Scottish Loch Ness Monster comes with 6 heads, 12 body segments, and 6 tails. Even the packaging is really sweet– also, there...
Origami Boat Candles

Origami Boat Candles

Something simple and sweet today: these origami boat candles by Slovakian artist Roman Ficak are a playful and simple accent for home decor. They burn for 2 hours each, and of course, they float! The set comes in six colors, but I think I’d like a small fleet of each. [Via DesignEast.]
Little Red: Fairy Tale Matryoshka That Tells A Story

Little Red: Fairy Tale Matryoshka That Tells A Story

Taiwan-based studio Pistacchi Design created this clever wooden matryoshka, titled “Little Red,” based on the classic fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The crafted piece comes in three layers– Little Red Riding Hood sits inside the wolf, who is himself clad in the grandma’s cloak. Beyond the delightfulness of incorporating such a familiar children’s...