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Bread & Boxers

Nifty idea from the Bread & Boxers guys. In a cool hotel room in Stockholm: designer jocks, socks and stockings for travellers in need of a fresh change! (Thanks to Harl for sharing the intimacies of your holiday bedroom!)

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A fishy tale

Veuve Clicquot has released a limited edition of its famous Brut Yellow Label in a bright-coloured sardine tin. The sardine reference has a long history of association with the champagne label.

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A quick break

Japanese city dwellers are inundated with ‘zero’ products of all varieties, as they strive to lose a few pounds and get in better shape in the midst of a ‘metabo’ slump (Japan’s metabolic law to fend off increasing health costs). Since beverages and snacks are part of office life, much has been done in these areas.

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Swedish delicacies

IKEA is launching its own line of fresh, simple packaging to help customers navigate their strange Swedish delicacies.

It’s hard to imagine something called ‘Skarpsill’ (marinated sprat fillets) flying off the shelves anywhere outside Sweden, but slap a cutesy fish on the can (with the nose cleverly doubling as the stay-tab) and you know exactly what you’re looking at – whether you’re in Saudi Arabia or the Dominican Republic. Nice idea, Ikea. Now it’s time to simplify your assembly manuals!

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Bags of potential

Owen, a luxury NYC clothing boutique, has turned the humble lunch bag into an improbably chic method of decoration.

Architect Jeremy Barbour recently realised the decorative potential of the humble brown paper bag – covering Owen’s clothing boutique in 25,000 of them. Packed side-by-side and stapled to substrate, the bags make the shop look like the inside of a honey bee’s home.

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Street smart packaging

Guactruck is a mobile eatery from the Philippines with beautifully sustainable packaging. (Many tx to Charlotte in Singapore)

Free from glue and plastic, the origami-inspired packaging opens like a blossoming bud. Customers are encouraged to return their packaging with stamps towards a free meal. Guactruck is a fine example of a brand reducing its environmental impact without compromising on design.

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Flat pack lenses

The December issue of Monocle is packed with enough editorial to satisfy a long holiday commute. One of the standout features covers Menicon’s latest Magic Flat Pack- the first flat daily disposable contact lens. The logo and packaging is beautifully designed and mimics the daily cycle of the sun, a perfect parallel for the brand.

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Tea detail

The Chinese packaging design for A Wisp of Tea echoes the peaceful nature of tea ceremony. The brown tea packaging is decorated with tiny burn holes that both ventilate the product and make a nod to the special tea-drying process.

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Vanishing act

Swedish packaging design agency, Tempix, has created a barcode that vanishes once a product reaches its sell-by date so it can’t be scanned past date. It points to the future of intelligent packaging, where consumers won’t need to rely on brands or retailers to make a decision on freshness.

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The can can

Bottled beer massively outsells canned beer in the US. But this could soon be about to change as more craft beer companies (or micro-breweries) are choosing cans, with the support of mainstream grocers.

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