Portfoliobox of the Month: Perch Plans Custom Box Set

Buying a house is stressful. Building one is an even bigger endeavor.

Perch Plans is a division of Tim Brown Architecture established to provide high-end house plans on a budget. With upwards of twelve unique, customizable designs available, Perch Plans bridges the gap between built-to-specifications and always-in-stock.

When building a custom home, there are really two options: either hire an architect to design your dream house and break the bank, or scour the internet for affordable, homogenous stock houseplans and hope one resembles what you’re looking for. Perch Plans offers another way.

Diligently designed, convenient, and affordable, Perch Plans is a class above the average architectural plans available through a cursory Google search.

To ensure the most individualized experience possible, Perch has implemented limited distribution of its plans per zip code. This provides customers with a greater sense of ownership over their particular home and prevents any one area from becoming oversaturated, helping to preserve the individuality of every Perch design and making it feel just a little more customized.

As a purveyor of modern architecture providing online house plans, one might expect Perch Plans to be a completely digital enterprise. But blueprints are meant to be held, explored, and understood in person.

With every purchase, customers are sent a custom box set of physical documents including printed drawings, specs, and energy calculations. We at Portfoliobox made sure that box was as spectacular as the plans it was made to protect.

 

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An elongated base and lid design maximizes its impact through a combination of luxury packaging materials. Ironclad Eskaboard composes the material structure of the box, ensuring reliable protection for the collateral within. Peerless R70 Royal paper from Ecological Fibers lines the neck tray. And lush bookcloth material Iris from Bamberger wraps the piece in Midnight Blue.

This custom box set design is thoroughly modern, not just in its contents, but in concept.

Particularly indicative of modernity is the exposed neck tray. Bright Royal blue from Ecological Fibers and indigo-tinged Midnight Blue from Bamberger compliment one another exceptionally well. A sense of coolness, calm, and trustworthiness exudes from this intelligent color combination.

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The extended neck tray is an incredibly popular packaging design element. It’s a visually remarkable touch, especially when decorated in contrast to the outer wrap.

The disruptive band of color between the base and lid works as much aesthetically as it does functionally. The complimentary colors of the wrap material are naturally visually pleasing. Structurally, the extended neck tray also supports a properly aligned and securely sealed closure of the lid.

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The entire interior of the box is lined with the aforementioned R70 Royal paper, creating a sense of concentricity to the interior. It’s often disregarded in favor of an intricately decorated exterior, but the lining of a box can be even more rewarding than the outside. Take this one, for example.

A vivid, lively liner is an unconventional, but incredibly effective way to make a box feel special. After all, boxes are meant to be opened, and it’s the contents we are interested in. That splash of color, or pattern, makes the reveal more memorable, and encourages recipients to explore the custom box set.

That’s not to say the outside of this box is any less impressive. Custom foil stamping adorns the exterior, the Perch Plans logo shines in resplendent silver against the textured Iris bookcloth.

An unusually elongated design combined with high quality packaging materials makes this project as distinct as the work within. For unconventional projects with a need for bespoke finesse, Portfoliobox has the capabilities.

Looking for a partner for your next packaging project? Get in touch with us today! 

 

Singular Jewelry Boxes for Temple St.Clair

Iconic, inspired, impressive.

Temple St. Clair produces unparalleled jewelry steeped in an age-old tradition of Italian goldsmithing and her own allegorical storytelling. We were honored to join the narrative with these handcrafted and wood framed jewelry presentation boxes. Portfoliobox created a lustrous suite of wood frame jewelry boxes to accentuate the incomparable work of designer Temple St. Clair. With intricate pieces involving hundreds of gems and artisan handcrafted gold, our design had to convey magnificence without competing for attention with the ornate jewelry within. The result struck a delicate balance between the sublime the subtle.

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Closed, the box has clean lines afforded by the fully telescoping lid. The soft luster of the Corvon Metal-X are rich without being gaudy. The small, simple gold metallic foil stamp also is elegant in its restraint.

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From auspicious beginnings in Florence, Temple St. Clair has spent over thirty years designing jewelry. Combining exceptional Italian goldwork with the rarest of gemstones, St. Clair has established herself as one of the world’s premiere jewelers. In 2016, she received the GEM Award for Jewelry Design, one of the industry’s highest honors.

When we were tasked with creating custom packaging for a designer of such magnitude, we knew only our finest work would do. In the end, the challenge was reconciling the aesthetics of a classic jewelry box with the unique character of our client. The timeless base and lid construction, with minor augmentation, was ultimately chosen as the best vessel to represent the Temple St. Clair experience.

 

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The side of the base hinges down after the lid is removed. This creates a stage while also making it easier to access the pieces.

 

Simple gold foil stamp on the lid.

 

Gold fashioned packaging

Temple St. Clair has defined herself through the master goldwork of Florentine artisans incorporated into her jewelry. It only seemed appropriate for the project to pay homage to that superior Italian ore, so a gold cover wrap was chosen to coat the exterior of the box. We chose Corvon Metal X paper to adorn the wooden frame, a coated cover material with a wonderful touch and soft luster. The result is an understated elegance, more reminiscent of an heirloom gold coin than it is gaudy.

To compliment the gold cover wrap, the interior pad wrap was fine purple suede, supplied by St. Clair. There is an obvious functional benefit in adding a soft, protective layer is to cradle the jewelry. However the richness of the suede and the violet hue go a step further in evoking of a decidedly regal sensibility.

The defining feature of this project is the dropside panel on the base of the jewelry box. A hinge along the length of the base allows the tray to unfold and for the contained collateral to be more easily accessed. The dropside feature reveals out the jewelry box with appropriate drama, while the form-fitting lid securely conceals the hinge upon closing. In fact, the fit is so precise there is a delay in lifting the lid, suction prolonging the moment of disclosure.

The Temple St. Clair jewelry box is truly representative of who we are at Portfoliobox. Using time-tested techniques and years of expertise, our team is up for the challenge when it comes to even the most glamorous projects. Whether designer jewelry or professional photography, all our custom work comes with a golden touch.

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Feline Fun with Gracespace Alternative Folio

Grace Coddington has been described as the most influential fashion editor of the past 30 years, and her Gracespace alternative folio is a testament to her continued relevance.

As Creative Director at American Vogue, the legendary stylist has produced some of fashion’s most striking and enduring images. A camel, a biplane and a monster truck convene in the California desert. A trio of Dalmatians flank Naomi Campbell in a white convertible. It’s all part of the striking imagery that defines a Grace Coddington photo shoot.

But there is another, more whimsical, side to Grace’s creativity. Since the publication of her book of drawings, The Catwalk Cats, in 2006, Coddington has attracted a following for her illustrations. Her inimitable style is characterized by spare lines and a dry sense of humor. Gracespace, commissioned by Artspace, is a limited edition curated selection of 10 archival Coddington prints.

Artspace is a Phaidon Global Company, owned by international publisher Phaidon Press, based in the UK. Artspace is the leading online retailer of contemporary art and the Gracespace collection is sold exclusively through their online platform. Phaidon asked Portfoliobox to develop and craft an alternative folio that would be elegant, simple and fun.

The Base and Lid style is a contemporary alternative to traditional Folio or Clamshell style packaging often seen in limited edition art print collections. The classic lid lifts off to reveal a base with a flange reminiscent of a candy box. A raised platform provides a stage for the prints, and a simple grosgrain ribbon lift provides easy access to the works and removes the risk of dog-earing or damaging the prints.

The platform and inside of the lid are lined with an all-over print showcasing playful cat and mouse doodles drawn by Grace and inspired by her love for her two cats. A whimsical self portrait of Grace and her cats, taken from Catwalk, appears on the cover. The execution of the alternative folio elegant simplicity and the design is fun.

Given the short run nature of this limited edition, the alternative folio was perfectly suited to a digital press. All of the decorative printing was achieved with an HP Indigo digital press on Classic Crest paper from Neenah. The end result is a perfectly crisp, multicolor print with a smooth matte appearance. Remove the ribbon and the box is 100% recyclable- but who would ever want to part with this fun keepsake?

To learn more about Gracespace, click here to view the collection on Artspace.
If you would like to learn more about limited edition fine art portfolios, contact us!

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