Box of Delights

 Mendl's boxes in their starring role in The Grand Budapest Hotel. 

Mendl's boxes in their starring role in The Grand Budapest Hotel. 

You may recognise this image from The Grand Budapest Hotel, a film by Wes Anderson.  This film's designers deserve a  book to be written about them, never mind a blog.  A film that requires a set design for a 19th century cake emporium as well as a 1960s hotel lobby is extraordinary by any standards. And what breathtaking designs they are.

 The film set for Mendl's cake emporium

The film set for Mendl's cake emporium

 The set for The Grand Budapest Hotel Reception in the 1960s.

The set for The Grand Budapest Hotel Reception in the 1960s.

But that’s for another day. Today I want you to concentrate on the boxes. The cake boxes which held the fantasy creations by Mendl’s , the cake shop portrayed in the film. Now Forget the film and let’s talk about real life. These boxes were created by Berlin box makers Fapack. The Behrens family started the business as a book binders and hatbox manufactory back in 1869. Now in its fifth generation, the family are true box experts. And they make each one by hand. 

 The Fapack team in the black and white years. Still going strong as a family business.

The Fapack team in the black and white years. Still going strong as a family business.

 Quite literally hand made.

Quite literally hand made.

Fapack is a member of the Deutsche Manufakturen label.  It's an initiative which seeks to champion producers of high quality German goods. They bring together companies which share certain characteristics of craftsmanship, exceptional value and meticulous attention to detail.  When we discovered that Fapack had also made the boxes for The Grand Budapest Hotel we knew they were the right people to make our bespoke Spiero gift boxes. If they’re good enough for Wes Anderson…

Spiero's boxes have just been delivered in time for the gift-giving season. Although more minimal in design and decidedly less pink  than the exuberant creations for Wes,  the same elegance and attention to detail is there. You'll soon be able to judge for yourself when the gift boxes become available in store. Here's a sneak peek...

 A minimal approach to packaging. Who says grey is boring?

A minimal approach to packaging. Who says grey is boring?