I was given a modernistic, sputnik-type hanging light for my birthday a few years back. It was a “Star Light” designed in 1998 by Tom Dixon, made by the apparently now-defunct Eurolounge, purchased at Totem, a store in New York which also no longer exists as such.
It came in a brown corrugated dodecahedron-shaped box. A lover of polyhedra, I kept that box as a bedside table for a couple of years, before eventually laying it to rest in recycling. Now I’m sorry that I let it go. I could have taken a picture of it. (If anyone can find a picture of this box online, you are better at Google research than I…)
This box was the perfect size and shape for what it contained, but it was such an unusual thing to see. A lot of companies would have just put this product in a rectangular box with some inserts. Why? I’m not certain that I understand the economics of it. Is it prohibitively expensive to make dodecahedral boxes? Or is it just a failure of imagination? I know there were some dodecahedron-shaped speakers on the market… Anyone know of other products that come in a box this shape?
(one more photo after the jump)
Fig. 78 and 79 from Cundy & Rollett’s book Mathematical Models
Beach Packaging Design