For this 16th edition, there are four categories that have seen the students of the most important Universities of design worldwide engage in the creation of innovative packaging products that Berlin Packaging will then be able to offer on the market: Spirits, Wine, Oil & Vinegar and Home Fragrances.
For each category, a first and a second place were announced, with the final nomination of an absolute winner. In addition, three honourable mentions and a Best Graphic Panel award were given.
1st prize: MESH, by Davide Intravaia (Politecnico di Milano)
The bottle is inspired by a 3D polygonal mesh (which in computer graphics represents a grid that defines an object in space). Thanks to the particular triangular faces, on the surface special light effects and refractions are created, so much so that you have the impression of looking at an elaborate jewel that particularly enhances the contents of the bottle.
2nd prize: RELIC, by Daisy Ruiz (IUC)
The product is inspired by one of the largest Italian cathedrals, the Cathedral of Milan. The shape of the bottle recalls in fact in the base the design of the pointed arches typical of Gothic architecture that give it an almost angelic shape worthy of prominent display within the home.
OIL AND VINEGAR CATEGORY:
1st prize: HELEN, by Mercedes Luhaces (UCSF)
A product that is synonymous with union and family, which is not born to stand alone, but rather to be part of a table set. The shape of Helen is really special: combining two bottles recreates the shape of a drop of oil that falls between them, also the body of the bottle is characterised by diagonal lines that allude to a ray of sun that starts from its falling shoulders and ends on the soft lines of the base. A shape that can surely please even the most demanding user.
2nd prize: CARMEN, by Alessandro Ceriani (Politecnico di Milano)
An oil bottle inspired by the architecture of the southern Mediterranean, with its typically simple shapes – for example, the classic white and blue buildings of Greece. Its physiognomy is thus linked to the origin of its precious content, enriching it with meaning. The shapes are simple but firm, softened by a smooth arch at the top and rounded on all sides for an elegant and refined result.
1st prize: HARMONY, by Mercedes Luhaces (UCSF)
A ramè bottle that is “chaotic and beautiful at the same time”: its body starts in a clean and symmetrical way, with soft and organic lines, but when you get to the lower part, everything changes. Just as when a drop falls, creating concentric waves that expand until they disappear, so its harmonious lines give it a movement that extends until it gets lost in the culmination of the bottle.
2nd prize: DECOLTE’, by Giulia Macchini (Politecnico di Milano)
To embark on her creative journey, the student started from the material, glass. Thinking about its charm, its elegance but also its fragility, she began to outline sinuous curves that could enhance the shapes of a bottle. This is how this project was born, as a tribute to wine, but also to glass.
HOME FRAGRANCES CATEGORY:
1st prize: FUJI, by Pham Minh Phuc (Münster School of Design)
Its shape recalls a mountain in its fluid, soft and natural physiognomy that fills the mind with peace, tranquility and balance. The closure represents the peak of the mountain, perforated at the top to insert the sticks that can also be placed next to the bottle in the appropriate plate.
For Fuji, there are many variations of materials, textures and colours to match any interior design style.
2nd prize: GRAMMY, by Maria Cecilia Buonocunto (Politecnico di Milano)
The student decided to create a kit consisting of a bottle of ambient fragrances and a candle inspired by the shapes of old gramophones and vinyls.
If necessary, the base (candle) can be detached from the horn (lamella diffuser) and the design as a whole can be discovered.
Honourable Mentions Engineering:
NEFERTITI, by Giulia Pietracaprina (Politecnico di Milano)
It is a product dedicated to the world of the spirits, drawing inspiration from the warm landscapes of the desert, with its soft and well-defined dunes.
The decoration on the neck and the significant thickness of the base give great elegance and balance to this bottle, The name itself is a bearer of charm and refinement, recalling one of the most important and solemn characters of ancient Egypt, Queen Nefertiti, great royal bride of Pharaoh Akhenaten and represented in one of the most precious treasures of art.
HAYIM, by Victor Renaud (FS PACK COGNAC)
Created for the wine market, the bottle embodies the desire of its designer to travel. The initial idea is that of a minimal and simple shape that is then wrapped in an envelope that is inspired by a Kuwaiti tower: the envelope represents an invitation to travel, as if the bottle were floating in the sea to carry a message.
Honourable Mention for Sustainability:
DRIKO ECO by Agustina Massei (UCSF)
Driko was created for the Home Fragrances category. Its shape comes from an elegant icosahedron whose perfect symmetry is connected to sacred geometry, expressing art, refinement and rigour through a harmony of geometric games. In its eco version, it is distinguished by recyclable packaging, since the same elements that contain the bottle then enable its use and reuse, thanks to the various sticks that can be used for essences and the multi-purpose container.
The aforementioned MESH by Davide Intravaia was also awarded the Best Graphic Panel.
The overall winner of the competition, already awarded for the Home Fragrances section is Pham Minh Phuc with the FUJI project.