Box fresh: unconventional packaging ideas from 13 global designers

Box fresh: unconventional packaging ideas from 13 global designers

In time to provide plenty of Christmas wrapping inspiration, Beirut-based Joy Mardini Design Gallery asked 13 international and local designers to reinterpret the idea of a ‘box’, for its annual group show. From jewellery to cigar to music boxes, each one reflects the aesthetic of its creator – and the sensibility of its contents. Alongside process sketches, the exhibition presents the outcome of each designer’s individual enquiry, aiming to step outside the established notion of what the archetypal box is, or can be. ‘This Side Up’ runs until 3 February 2018.

Opened in 2015, the small Beirut-based design workshop Sayar & Garibeh (founded by Stephanie Sayar and Charbel Garibeh) aims to create innovative, unique objects like this sweet box, shaped with alternating brass and steel compartments, like the layers of a cake.

‘Cake’, The Candy Box
Sayar & Garibeh

This cross-stitch-inspired jewellery box features an embroidered leather exterior and painted wood interior, courtesy of multidisciplinary practice Stéphanie Moussallem, based in Beirut.

‘Point de Croix’, The Sewing Kit Box
Stephanie Moussallem

Rendered in painted brass and steel, ‘Yasale’ (which means ‘write’ in English) is a deconstructed take on a stationary box by interior architect Niko Koronis. It puts the contents of the stand on view, front and centre.

‘Yasale’, The Stationary Box
Niko Koronis

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