There’s nothing sweeter than honey. Well, unless you count sugar and countless other sweeteners. But it’s arguable that honey is the most natural of sweet treats, and nothing simulates it’s earthy aroma or unctuous slide down the back of your throat. With quite a number of artisanal products on the market, it’s interesting to see an uptick in eye-catching honey packaging design. Designers are opting for simple vessels with minimal adornment which highlights the unique quality of small batch production.
Japan’s Onuma Honey offers a variety of flavors from buckwheat to watermelon. Akaoni Design is responsible for the spare brown paper packaging and petite glass jars which are stamped with muted color motifs depicting the origin of the contents. The Yamagata set box with it’s angular blue mountain range is a personal favorite and stands as a design object all by itself.
Recent design grad, Colin Cummings, did a student rebranding of the ever-popular Savannah Bee Company. Choosing a more modern and industrial approach, his jars are delicately printed and topped with wooden lids. It’s a shame these are only prototypes, though, because they’d make a fantastic limited edition batch.
The London Honey Company began on creator Steve Benbow’s rooftop in Central London. He now has a thriving urban business augmented by Red Stone’s playful branding featuring a cotillion of honey bees in bowler hats. Aside from being able to purchase the honeycomb itself, Benbow also sells honey lip balm and the published story of his beekeeper life. The company’s video is super fun, too.
For the past few years Carl Kleiner has been taking food and transforming it into works of art. You may remember the photos he did for IKEA’s Homemade Is Best cookbook, or perhaps The Art of Cooking videos he also made for IKEA? So when I started putting together ideas for posts this week I knew I had to check back in with Carl’s work to see if he’d done anything new. Sure enough he had.
The images and video above are an Homage To Calder, a playful spin on Calder’s mobiles, only this time with foods. Carl teamed up with his wife Evelina for this project, and together I think the’ve created such a playful take on what Calder was doing. Who says you can’t play with your food?
I love this stop motion animation music video for the experiential spiritual folk-rock band the Soil and the Sun. Animated by It’s just nice., the video was made over the course of 3 days and shows peppers, rice, peanuts, kale, coffee beans and spices all whirling together and forming a beautiful mandala which is used as the cover of the band’s new album What Wonder is this Universe!.
It’s a great little video and the animation is just mind-bogglingly brilliant. You can check out the New-Mexican based band online here.
Combining foods and design seems like it would be an interesting challenge. The two disciplines share a lot in common – a need to be creative, working quickly on tight deadlines – but if you asked me to mix design and food I’d probably just nod and smile. That’s what I really enjoy about this project from Emilie Guelpa where she’s created Pantone colored tarts. Following a similar design aesthetic to each Emilie was able to show the diverse amount of colors our foods come in, presenting a rainbow colored smorgasbord.
Sarah Illenberger isn’t your average artist. For one, she uses food as inspiration and recreates it in handmade ways. Opting not to use a computer, Illenberger instead constructs bacon out of paper, reconfigures pineapples into disco balls, and carves mushrooms out of french bread. She works alone out of a studio in Berlin, and though her work is undoubtedly meticulous, it’s always infused with a sense of humor.
“McForest” sees a fast food burger built out of various cuts of wood, the bun sanded smooth and the meat realistically textured. “Strange Fruit” transforms various kitchen staples like carrots into lipstick and pears into balloons. With both editorial and commercial clients like Wallpaper and Nike, Illenberger’s work is also available to the masses via a self-titled monograph book from Gestalten—featuring everything from paper meals to a dress made entirely of green vegetables—as well as through prints available in her online shop.