Making packaging part of the product


Discouraged at the mounds of packaging you’re throwing away every time you buy new stuff? Artist [David Gardener] may have just the solution for you: design products where the packaging is an integral part of the product itself. We can envision a whole line of IKEA furniture, for example, that turns inside-out and uses the cardboard box as part of its internal support structure. On the whole, this may be just a touch less tacky than making furniture out of packaging not intended to be used as furniture at all (i.e. FedEx boxes).

[via DVICE]

Comments

  1. chris says:

    Good idea but a sure way to burn your house down. The electronics on
    those CF bulbs can get very hot!

  2. Doug says:

    Great. Now I just need to find something to put it in, to stop it getting damaged in transit.

    This approach isn’t tackling packaging at all.

  3. therian says:

    Artist + technology = impractical

  4. mindbleach says:

    Not a bad concept, but as therian points out, artists are not engineers. What would be more practical is a flat-pack lamp that can be shipped in a simple envelope and assembled according to instructions printed on its own ‘inside.’

  5. srilyk says:

    @ 4,

    ThinkGeek actually sold (sells?) some PCB versions of extremely expensive lamps that clip on to a 9v or something. I don’t really remember.

    You just broke the pieces and put them together like a puzzle, and voila, light!

    I’m sure it could work on a larger scale, too.

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