Untitled (Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall) by Joseph Cornell, 1945-46
We often say that organizing is an art form, and in these cases that's never been more evident. Here's a handful of artists and designers whose work easily proves that hiding collections away in a perfect package can be just as artful as putting them on display.
Here are some inspiring collections — historic and modern — and boxes that hold them perfectly.
1. Fortune Book, part of a series designed by the late Tibor Kalman and Dean Lubensky for M&Co, 1991
2. One of artist Joesph Cornell's incredible boxed arrangements, Untitled (Solar Set), 1956-58
3. Untitled (Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall), also by Joseph Cornell, 1945-46
4. Father of the Fluxus movement, George Maciunas was a master of assembling fascinating boxes, Fluxkit, 1964-65
5. Flux Year Box 2 assembled by George Maciunas, 1968
6. British artist and designer Peter Nencini created a beautiful set of abstract objects in boxes for a show at Direktorenhaus
7. Romance Book by Tibor Kalman and Emily Oberman for M&Co, 1991
8. A nesting box designed to hold an archaeologist's collection by Bilt Furniture and Richard Fishman, 2009
9. A box containing Life: A User's Manual by George Perec, designed by the always-inspiring Enzo Mari
10. Derrick R. Cruz of Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons creates gorgeous and mysterious objects, as well as The Dark Miracle Box II to hold them.
Images: 1,7: M&Co; 2, 3: Mark Harden/WebMuseum; 4: Walker Art Center; 5: Fluxus by Thomas Kellein; 6: Peter Nencini; 8: Bilt Furniture; 9: BUR; 10: Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons
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