Packaging Whore

Highlighting smart, aesthetically-pleasing design in food packaging.

September 30, 2010

Packaging Whore: Agnes Cupcakes (CPH)

by Anders Arhoj

A cupcake is like generic sex. Looks like an ok fun party from the outside, but when you dig in, it’s dull, sticky and in the end it just makes you wanna throw up. Right now, you’re probably thinking “Oh no, not another cupcake post. Weren’t cupcakes something that belonged to the 2000’s?” And yes, […]

August 25, 2010

Packaging Whore: Toxic Terror!

by Anders Arhoj

I sometimes wonder whether my generation (of 1979) will explode in a green toxic waste cloud when we turn 40. Raised throughout the 1980’s on a chemical food diet consisting of added preservatives, taste perfumes and E-numbers galore, our bodies have grown up in dirty soil and now there’s no way back (check the latest […]

August 6, 2010

Packaging Whore: Lamill Coffee (LA)

by Yoko Kumano

Lamill Coffee in Silverlake, LA impressed me because it looked good. They package their coffee beans in tins (made in the USA) that are retro looking and all the staff wear matching t-shirts. Yes, call me superficial – but ever since leaving Tokyo, I have to admit I miss the art of presentation. The menu […]

August 3, 2010

Packaging Whore: Mushroom Mountain and Beyond

by Anders Arhoj

I love food with personality. And I have the feeling it loves me back– especially in Japan. Working as a character designer, I’m a junkie for Japanese packaging which more than usual sports a happy face, a friendly helper or just an enormous surplus of humour and fun which we boring, sad people of the […]

July 16, 2010

Packaging Whore: The Salumi Cone @ Boccalone (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Mortadella, prociutto cotto, and prociutto crudo slices… in a CONE. This is how we’ll be eating meat in the future. How about steak (medium rare please!) in a cone? Hot dog in a cone? Slab bacon in a cone? Hmmm… I think I’m onto something. This reminds me of… this. Anyway, LOVE THIS. Look at […]

March 29, 2010

Packaging Whore: The Alembic Matchbook

by Kayoko Akabori

Finally made it out to The Alembic, a bar on Haight Street in SF– it’s a spot that has been buzzed about extensively for their cocktails and gastroeats. I believe it is related to Magnolia, the brewpub right down the street. Yoko, Washi and I enjoyed ourselves at the bar– with their awesome cocktail list, […]

January 14, 2010

Packaging Whore: Fish in a (Cake) Box

by Moto Yamamoto

On New Year’s Eve in Japan, my mama came home with this box. This looks exactly like an Asian cake box, right? I thought, from the shape, this was probably a log cake or something. Very celebratory color and pattern on the box. Must be something for the new year, I thought. But something shiny […]

January 6, 2010

Packaging Whore: Vanilla Extract Throwback

by Kayoko Akabori

Oh, you’re gonna love this. I was shuffling through the spicerack in my mama’s kitchen the other day, preparing to make my buttered bread pudding, when I finally found what I was looking for: vanilla extract. Hmmm, I thought: this looks a bit outdated, no? Curiously, I examined the box. Gotta love the faux wood […]

December 15, 2009

Packaging Whore: Fool-Proof Pasta (Thx, JPN!)

by Kayoko Akabori

Dear De Cecco, Barilla, and all other major pasta producers of the world: you should be ashamed of yourself, letting Japan come up with the smartest packaging for pasta EVER. This one is “Mama” brand that my own mama Hideko picked up at the Japanese grocery store. Kinda ironic that she would even consider buying […]

December 9, 2009

Packaging Whore: Roman Honey

by Kayoko Akabori

Look what Alice brought back for me all the way from glorious Roma– a huge glass jar of organic, orange-flavored honey!!! It’s so heckaheavy, she’s out of her mind for even thinking of lugging this back to SF in her luggage. Her devotion for me is like no other. Alice is just as much, if […]