Purely surface

clothing is an outward expression. it can conceal or reveal or confuse what lies beneath, but if you're lucky, you're attached and attracted to how you choose to contain your body on a daily basis.
i'm not in the market for a new fragrance, but i do often pause at the ads to evaluate the container designed expressly for the featured scent. sometimes they seem really cheap or underwhelming, and sometimes they are true objects of beauty.
i love the old glass milk bottles.
i am prone to admire any cosmetic packaging with the interlocking double Cs, but chanel's nail polish bottles are especially appealing.

what is your favorite container? (a real container, used to contain things - this is not a euphemism for clothing)

ps. despite resembling a plastic water bottle, the one pictured here is actually glass.

11 comments:

enc said...

I love old cobalt blue bottles. I suppose they hold water these days. I also love Art Deco vanity bottles and jars. I also love Art Deco cigarette boxes—I have three. As for new things, I love the Chloe perfume bottle. Probably because it reminds me of old vanity bottles.

erica said...

My favorite container is a manila interdepartmental envelope. There's something so satisfying about closing the flap by winding the string around the two cardboard discs.

Prêt-à-Porter P said...

i always liked the bvlgari Omnia bottle

Iheartfashion said...

I'm a fan of Chanel's rectangular nail polish bottles as well, and I love old apothecary bottles, the sort of milky-looking glass with gold paper labels. The old glass Coke bottles are great too (even though I don't drink the stuff).

The Seeker said...

Like enc I also love Art Deco vanity bottles, jars and metallic boxes.

jakjak said...

Face powder compacts - and the way they snap closed with that satisfying click sound

woodscolt said...

My current favourite container is a big wicker basket, a present from my parents, that I'm currently keeping knitting wool in. It's the kind that old ladies in rural France take to the market - it should contain cheeses wrapped in paper, a long stick of bread, and a bunch of leeks, I think.

reverend dick said...

I like an Elvis shaped decanter full of bourbon.

a. said...

1) tiny little round clear plastic pillboxes i got at muji in china. i love a small container! they seem so hard to find and are so very useful...

2) a bunch of boxes i made from scrap wood years ago, when practicing making dovetail joints in a woodworking class. the sizes were determined by the scrap available, but they have turned out to be extremely useful around the house. and dovetail joints make the design nerd in me so happy.

3) i'm trying to think of cosmetics pkging... the closest i can come is the gucci perfume (discontinued) bottle, which has a lovely heavy squat square glass base and a squat round lid - http://www.perfume.com/gucci/gucci-1010637.html. only thing is, and it's incredibly disappointing - the lid is not of the same heavy glass. i cannot even say how disappointed i was when i discovered that. (bought it for the bottle. don't really like the perfume at all.)

ambika said...

Can book covers count? I'm thinking of old, out of print books with fabric or leather covers. I have a few and they're so much more tactile than paperbacks.

editor said...

ambika - they count! i am enjoying everyone's idea of a container.