Everything comes in a box these days
This year I am finally catching up with the concept of getting stuff delivered to me in boxes - food (HelloFresh), cosmetics (Glossybox) - so it was only a matter of time before I would pick up a box with designer homeware goodies as well.
DesignerBox is a subscription service whereby each month (depending on your subscription level) you receive a numbered wooden box containing a new object for your home, not found anywhere else, and especially designed by an international design star. The boxes are produced in limited quantities based on the number of members, and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. The brand (or is it a collective?) claims that this is a unique concept however in my view it's only the "subscription" part that makes the service unique. Selling limited edition designer pieces is already a known concept already available in many countries (e.g. by Just99).
According to the team behind the DesignerBox, the concept was a way for them to share their passion for and knowledge of creations in the world of home décor and international design. They claim that "such exclusive articles are often out of reach for many, due to their high prices or limited distribution, compared to mass-market décor products; their objective is to inspire a collector’s spirit in others and make it possible for them to receive exclusive, limited-edition items created by major design stars and made with natural, noble materials (wood, ceramic, porcelain, metal, etc.) starting at just €29.
Box #33 - A fruit basket
This is Designerbox #33, their February 2016 limited edition, which contained a fruit basket by Francois Dumas.
This is made of a "dense material, one used in the shoe-making for the production of soles, with a laser cutting machine". The basket sure looks fab in the photos! Instagram opportunity!
The box comes at €44 if you are a subscriber and want to add this to your existing collection and €59 if you are not a member of DesignerBox.