Packaging Design – Part 3

My ongoing love affair with packaging design is exactly that, ongoing. The following are but a sampling, real &/or fictitious, of the hundreds, very possibly thousands, of innovative & creative ideas that are out there. In the mean time, I’ll do my best to keep you in the loop with many more packaging posts to come.

Via Lovely Package

SWEET TOOTH:Chocolate, how I love thee….

These sweet colored pencils are actually chocolates made by product design firm nendo in collaboration with Tsujiguchi Hironobu of Chocolat de H, A Chocolatier in Tokyo, Japan. Each pencil is a different blend of chocolate, varying from mild to bitter. The kit with a pencil sharpener included can be used to create shavings to decorate desserts with.  Available on line at

Chocolate Pencil Kit with Sharpener


From the Chocolate exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight space in Tokyo, Japan.    


Mary & Matt Chocolate Bars









Mary & Matt Chocolate Pie Chart   


If you’re counting calories, then the chocolate bar below is for you, each square tells you how many calories you’re consuming. You can’t beat that.   

Rompibollo Chocolate Bar


Licking postage stamps is an unpleasant experience for most people, so why not make them taste like chocolate. Toby Ng designed a set of stamps called Chocolate Mail, which comes in 3 flavours – dark, milk and white chocolate. They are a set of 24 1st class stamps that are designed to look like a bar of chocolate, packaged as an envelope.   

Chocolate Flavoured Postage Stamps



GREEN TEAM : Recycled Crates

 Upcycling is a term used to describe the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. The following are some great examples of  the creative and imaginative ways this can be done using old wood, metal & even plastic crates that would have wound up being downcycled which is the other half of the recycling process . Downcycling  involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material which is still in my opinion a good approach. On the other hand, if you can take an  existing object and create something beautiful and functional  without changing what it is but rather incorporating it into the new design, even better.

Crate shelving


Stacked vintage old wooden apple storage crates


Shipping crate as bike basket


Hanging wall shelves


Reclaimed crates as shelving


Reclaimed wood stools by Edwards Moore. Made from discarded wood from various sources. Sanded and finished with linseed oil, putty and wax.

Dog bowl holder




Crate furniture


GREEN TEAM: Living Wall Art


Anne Talbot-Kelly Garden Design 

Green over Grey Living Walls and Design 


Ann Demeulemeester shop in Seoul, South Korea, Mass Studies Architects




Wooly Wally Pockets 

New Jean Nouvel Musee du Quai Branly, Paris. Vertical Garden by Patrick Blanc


JM Loft, Paris. Patrick Blanc


JM Loft, Paris. Patrick Blanc 

The Garden designed by James Dawson inspired by the artwork of MC Escher


Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

NEW DIRECTIONS: Tree Houses continued…..

4TREEHOUSE by Lukasz Kos


Arboreal Architecture by Baumraum
Andreas Wenning’s Treehouses
Tree House Hotel “Harads”, designed by Swedish architects Tham & Videgard Hansson