Péro, an ethereally lovely handcrafted clothing line and All Things Chocolate, a scrumptiously unique brand of artisan chocolate, come together in these preciously chequered gingham boxes. As collectible as they come, these boxes are. Mostly used to store stash, safety pins and paper clips. Yes, I asked around.
When ordering art prints online (which is where I spend a lot of time window-shopping nowadays), it’s nice to get it in a package that is durable (won’t have a scary, crushed corner when you receive it), is weather-resistant and looks classy enough for you to not trash it.
The talented folk at Kulture Shop put their heads together and came up with 2 options for your preciouses.
One – The tube sleeves in varied sizes for A4, A3 and A2 art prints. Inside is a protective, PH neutral, dry vessel to keep your new art safe from damage. There’s even tyvek (no tear-able) outer sleeves to safe guard the tubes in transit. As for the simple and bold print, Kulture Shop decided to go with silkscreen (in support of the disappearing art of silkscreen artisans).
Two – The cases. These are designed to give maximum protection to the framed artwork. It has additional bubble wrap and craft cardboard corners to make sure the wooden frame joints are protected. There’s also the very convenient handle atop the case, in case you decide to gift it. Or even better, reuse it.
Via: Team Kulture.
Arjun Charanjiva (CEO, Founder), Kunal Anand (Creative Directer, Co-Founder), Jas Charanjiva (PR, Co-Founder) and Rajeev Sathe (Director, Co-Founder)
See their work here.
Matt Lee is an artist and teacher from the UK, currently in Bangalore. He collects matchboxes across India and has 600 of them now. Featured here are some of the quirky and unseen ones. I recognised a few.
Indian matchboxes are tiny and contain just enough matchsticks to last you for a day. The result is that you’ll see these lying around a lot. I also like that so much colour and fun goes into something with a short life.
Though the ones here have been immortalised.
Via: Pii friend and writer, Amulya Shruthi. Click here to know more about Matt Lee.
Truly unique packaging. Everytime I see the pack or even their logo, I drool.
Two lessons: 1. Don’t keep changing the pack design. 2. What the pack contains is very important.
PIcture by Pii-friend and Rang Decor author, Archana Srinivas.
It’s a good, chunky bath bar. It’s also natural, made by hand and does minimal harm to the environment. The packaging’s the same – It’s one piece of cardboard that is wrapped around the soap, it’s biodegradable, the inks are safer than the normal ones we are used to seeing and the branding is enhanced by embossing it right onto the pack. Read more about it here on their site.
What I liked more was that the site also gave some genuinely good tips on how to reuse the packaging. Use it to store earrings and small knick-knacks. Or (my favourite) pop it into your linen drawer. I’d also cut it into long strips and use them as bookmarks. Mark your favourite poem with a favourite fragrance. La.
It’s the vintage green, chocolate brown and white combo that had me flat. That, and the fact, that this is packed and manufactured in a very Anglo-Indian part of Bangalore – Langford Town.
Showing a neatly starched, crisp white shirt on the cover ensures the bais know what this is used for. The powder within is held in a thin plastic pouch, ensuring reusability without too much fuss.
The packaging is thin cardboard and looks like it’ll melt into the ground the minute it’s discarded. Friendly.
Available: At Nilgiris, Brigade Road, Bangalore.
Organic t-shirts wrapped thoughtfully in a space-friendly recycled paper box printed with messages that are carried on their t-shirts.
Read about The Root and see their products here.
Sugandhi is the most lovely brand of Sambrani and if you come to the Pii home you’ll smell it almost immediately. The packaging is just as divine as the scent. Something very India and lorry-art’ish about the colours. Here’s a lovely blog post about sambrani and here’s someone you’ll see a lot on Bollywood movie sets. Sugandhi is available at stores all over India and here.
Recycle Sundays: Till a tree is strong enough to grow by itself in the big bad ground, give an old carton something to feel good about. Thought up by Vinod Lal Heera Eshwer.