Archive for the ‘packaging’ Category

Wine Labels: rebirth of authentic Chinese design?

Thursday, January 21st, 2010


I must admit (and ashamed that), I’m not well-versed in Chinese (or Asian) art/design history, but this short article from PSFK, got me connecting some dots. It looks like China’s on the verge of a new design revolution (of course, among other things), where the Chinese embrace their cultural heritage and contemporize it.

Not too long ago, Chinese wine connoisseurs had a diverse range of wine selections with amazingly intricate and detailed design packaging. But after foreign imported wines began entering the Chinese market, many of these wine brands died off, along with their special wine design aesthetic.

Just look at the ingredients of these wines, there’s grape, rice, sorghum, millet, and even more rarely seen these days are Chinese gooseberry, sweet-smelling osmanthus, cherry, longan, apple and tangerine flavors.

The thought of these unique labels and ingredients remind me of an LA Soda Pop Shop, who carries over 500 varieties of naturally sweet and flavored sodas, free of high-fructose corn syrup.

As creativity and confidence creeps back into the minds of Chinese designers, it’s possible that a distinct Chinese wine label aesthetic will once again bloom and quench the thirsts of those who remember when wine had flavor and beauty.


via PSFK

Sushi as an iconic shape

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Apologies for the lack of posts this past month! I’ve been busy doing some pre-holiday travel to Hong Kong and NYC to visit family and friends. Now, on with the post…

A recent giveaway on NotCot reminded me of some links I had been collecting. First off, Japanese food is one of my favorite cuisines and as I was catching up with RSS feeds saw this Do’s and Don’t of sushi etiquette. A few things I definitely learned here! Like, dipping the fish and not the rice into the soy sauce. Hmm.. this would make an interesting place-mat for a sushi restaurant…
via TheWorldsBestEver

Sushi has been a constant trend in both the design and culinary worlds. As a very recognizable and iconic cuisine, the shapes, contents, and form of sushi is easily transferable to other objects. Even by changing the materials and contents of the ‘sushi’, we can still make the association through form and color… what do you think? See a collection of sushi toys after the jump and share your thoughts in the comments! (more…)

Hotel in a Bag

Friday, November 13th, 2009

hotelinabag.jpg This is such a brilliant concept- to make the inflatable mattress inviting, packaged, and easy to transport. Straps, like a sleeping bag, help to roll up the mattress in addition to towels and sheets. It doesn’t look like there’s any extra bag to use as a carry case, which the mattress is stuffed into (like the other products out there). Clever. You can have your own Hotel in a Bag for 198Euros (?!) via SwissMiss Anyone have special travel plans this weekend?? 🙂

Packaging: snails in snail poop?

Friday, November 6th, 2009


Seriously? Packaging from snail poop?

Product designer Manuel Jouvin partnered with Sylvie Pierru, a snail farmer in Picardie (France), to create this “Dejection Molding” packaging. The packaging, used for cooked snails, is created by feeding colored paper to the pre-cooked snails which changes the excrement color and then molded into a container.


During my researches, I pointed out that colored paper has an influence on color snail excrements. In partnership with Sylvie Pierru, a snailfarmer in Picardie (France), we created packagings made of snail excrements and destinated to cooked snails. They are envisaged in the molding cellulose process by replacing recyclable paper by snail dejections.

A lovely expression and use of the full life cycle of a simple little snail.

via Dieline

‘Fresh Label’ food packaging is brilliant

Monday, November 2nd, 2009



Fresh Label uses the hourglass to represent time that food has been packaged. When ammonia is released from the food, the label where the barcode is located changes color and can no longer be scanned at check-out.

False labeling on food is a worldwide concern. Many consumers carefully check the food labels, however, expiry dates typed on the labels in characters are easily faked and there is a limit for its reliability.

To solve such problem, we suggest a food label which changes its color by reacting to ammonia given off by food when it is becoming spoiled. When the food is no longer edible, the food label makes a barcode non-scannable and non-purchasable with pattern. This food label is reliable and difficult to counterfeit since it directly reflects freshness.

Learn more about Fresh Label and To-Genkyo via PSFK.

Ben & Jerry’s Flipped Out!

Sunday, July 12th, 2009


A few weeks ago I was in Harvard Square for MakeMusicCambrdige. There were quite a few freebies and product samples for the event. Of note is Ben & Jerry’s new FlippedOut! ice-cream sundae.



Boxed Water is Better

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009


Boxed Water is Better rids the concept of plastic water bottles with renewable packaging and donates 20% of profits!

via CoolHunting

Goods of Desire re-interprets food as gift

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

G.O.D. (Goods of Desire) is one of my must-see stores whenever in Hong Kong. I love seeing all the expressive east-meets-west lifestyle elements. However, this press release has me both excited and disappointed.


These tasty roll-bustos have an irresistible charcoal grilled aroma. They are made from natural egg white and black sugar. Egg white is full of protein and is low in cholesterol. In the production process, natural minerals and vitamins that are beneficial to health have been carefully retained. It is a delicious treat with tea and coffee.

From cigars to eggrolls: brilliant concept, but are they trying to sell me the wonderfully novel idea or the supposedly great health benefits? What do you think?

Visit G.O.D to learn more about their concept and the products they carry. Visit them in 3 HK locations here.

links on Food-Related-Design

Saturday, February 14th, 2009


  • Paper Water Bottle… in response to American laziness? or truly an innovation with materials?
  • A blurb about the Paris de Chefs trade show: Simplicity and function expressed with inspiration from food
  • Check out Felix, a Philippe Stark designed restaurant in Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel

see previous set of links here

links on Food-Related-Design

Thursday, November 20th, 2008


1800 Tequila: Limited Edition

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Woohoo! Thanks to Charlie over at SpecialOpsMedia, 1800Tequila sent me a sample with artwork by Mexico City based, pop illustrator Jorge Alderete.


See my original post and SpecialOpsMedaBlog.

[Edit: more at NotCot]

boarding pass Shiraz

Thursday, November 6th, 2008


Packaging.. need I say more?

see WineCentric for taste details
sells at for under $20

from Grateful Palate Imports via NotCot