Inspiration Lab

Stranger and Stranger
December 8, 2014, 1:58 pm
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I’ve shown you work from Stranger and Stranger before but I want to post them again because I find them such a fascinating company. How do they do it?!?!?! How have they become so good and specialized within one very specific field of packaging design? In tiny little Denmark it would not be possible to be a company that ONLY does wine and booze packaging because the market is so small. But it seams that everytime I go to the liquer store (I go there sometimes just to look at pretty booze bottles…NERD!) my eyes are drawn to a really nice bottle and I discover that it’s done by Stranger and Stranger.

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Gin 2.0
October 24, 2014, 6:28 am
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On such a friday, isn’t it time for another booze round up? I’ve been trawling the interweb to give you the very best in my opinion. I did one of these gin round ups before, so if you’re sitting there thinking “Hang on, why didn’t the silly cow put in Hendrick’s?” then it’s because I already did! Now go ahead an pour yourself a GT…well, in a few hours that is, depending on your timezone and your care for political correctness. Which one would you rather look cool pouring from?

Have a great weekend!


Stranger and Stranger
December 20, 2010, 9:22 am
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If you had a bit of a boozer over the weekend than this post might make you feel a little nauseous but I just have to show you the UK studio Stranger and Stranger. They’ve found a niche for themselves in making packaging design for alcohol and they do it very well. Just look at the samples below. I fell totally in love with their work for Kraken Rum.

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September 3, 2010, 7:00 am
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I’m gonna do a follow up on last friday’s post on vodka bottles. During my research I found so many lovely booze bottles so I figured I might as well do another, this time it’s top of the pops in the gin department.

August 27, 2010, 7:05 am
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You needn’t worry, I haven’t developed a drinking habit from teaching unruly youngsters. But in honour of my new students I’ll do a vodka theme today, after all it is friday and I bet they’ll be celebrating their first week here. But guys, please do so in style! So choose from selected approved bottles below…ohh and if you’re not past the legal drinking age I must insist that you leave my blog this instant!

Saxhyttegubbens Blåbär 100%
August 4, 2010, 7:37 am
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It’s gonna be one more Swedish drink today and I just love the name of this one. It comes in two varieties blueberry and “lingon” (red berry, someone Swedish help me out, what is lingon in English?). I just love the simple type on the bottle, no fuss. But immaculate placing and contrast. Yummy!

Visit Saxhyttegubben.

Malmberg by Below the Clouds
August 3, 2010, 11:12 am
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Took a hop across the waters to Sweden last week and had a lovely day in Malmö eating kanelbullar (traditional Swedish cinnamon rolls) and shopping for home decor stuff. I also managed to find a few Inspiration Lab worthy items. One of them is water from Malmberg. I really love how simple it is but how the colourscale really liven it up. The design is done by Swedish studio, Below the Clouds, who has also done lots of other interesting stuff.

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Kevin Murphy
March 15, 2010, 8:11 am
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OK I’m on a bit of  a packaging roll but good stuff is just keep popping up around me. On a stroll around my neighbourhood I came across a line of hairproducts  from Australian hairstylist Kevin Murphy in a hairdresser’s window. I really love the simplicity of the design but I am especially fond of the way the format on the bottles work. When they stand next to each other they almost form a little puzzle. The colours and the embossed letter also work really well.

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Park Hyatt Delicatessen
February 25, 2010, 6:54 am
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Ok, truth be told being an associate professor at a design school doesn’t exactly afford me to stay in a fancy hotel like the Park Hyatt in Tokyo. But I was able to go to the Conran Shop near Tokyo Station and have a glance at what the rich people nibble on in their expensive suites. Because Park Hyatt even has their own line of delicacy products. I love the simplicity of the design, but it does bug me a little that they didn’t follow their concept with strict precission. Why is the label horisontal on some things and vertical on others? Having said that the juice bottle in the hamper was absolutely gorgeous with a thin band running up the thin triangular bottle.

February 11, 2010, 8:34 am
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So, while you’re reading this I’m probably totally jetlagged and on a shopping spree in Shibuya. Later I might go for a bit of food and gulp down a bit of sake, will most likely apreciate the bottle design more than the actual drink. Just look at these little numbers.