“Barris Decorativos” by Rebeca Guerra
Ok. Just one more post about oil drum packaging and we’ll move on to a different subject.
I get the irony of a luxury fragrance brand packaged in a huge industrial container, but it’s not real packaging. It’s room decor.
Chanel oil drums from Laboratorivm
The earliest Chanel oil drums might be the ones above found on the website of Dutch advertising agency Laboratorivm. (From a 2001 Luerzer’s Archive interview:)
We share a passion for glorious brands (Chanel 5 in the case of Robbert [Jansen]…) We have found a way to create a healthy balance between commissioned work and free work. Giving Robbert the time to explore the realms of the old chic Chanel 5 aura resulted in paintings and prints of barrels of the stuff…
There are also do-it-youself instructions for making your own Chanel oil drum nightstand.
The majority of Chanel oil drums that you see online, however, are probably the work of Brazilian artist, Rebeca Guerra.
Guerra will make oil drums decorated with a variety of brand logos, but the Chanel oil drums appear to be her biggest seller.
I love these barrels with logos… The most famous is black with just the scent of Chanel No 5 – my favorite… These barrels can be used alone as a decorative piece, with books, objects, vessels, as side table …
But the good news is that I finally found someone who makes them! … Rebeca Guerra… she makes [them] to order and you choose the brand, color, matte or glossy finish, size … [she makes] about 20 barrels per month and the deadline is 30 days – the product is sent by mail. I’ve already ordered my Chanel!
Barrels with iconic logos in décor: where to find, Barbara Resende, July 23, 2014
Chanel may not really use oil drums for their fragrance packaging, but they have come out with at least one oil-drum-related product…
The oil drum handbag from Chanel’s 2013 Paris-Dallas collection.
The Chanel Paris Dallas collection lives up to its name with a Western-inspired range.
Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2013/2014 collection takes a romp in cowboy boots, fringes and various accoutrements of the like you’d see in a fantasised version of the Wild West…
Details such as embroidered and fringed western saddle bags, mini cowboy hats and a series of leather calf boots – both mid-calf and knee-high and even an oil drum handbag add a witty and playful touch to the collection.
Go West with Chanel, Nadine Fernandez, The Star