All I Want For Christmas is Pulp
It’s getting late and you can’t decide what to get for that special paper and packaging person in your life. Don’t panic; there are plenty of ideas out there and we’ve already done the legwork so you don’t have to. Below is our round up of the best paper and packaging gifts of the 2016 holiday season:
First up, one of the best marriages of digital and analogue media we’ve seen is Google’s cardboard VR goggles. Simply fold the sides together to form a box that encloses your smart phone and you’re ready for an immersive VR experience. It’s durable, practical, and at $15 it’s about the most affordable media device your kids will actually like.
If you’d like spend a bit more, there’s the Montblanc augmented reality digital pen and notebook. The pen writes in ink on paper in the accompanying notebook and simultaneously records your handwriting for downloading and sharing online. The pen can remember up to 100 pages of writing and handwriting recognition software can render your scrawl into Helvetica 12pt in a dozen languages. But if technology bores you, it comes with a beautiful leather case made in Florence.
For the paper and cat lovers on your list there’s the Cat Cacoon, a sculptural playhouse made of layers of laser cut corrugated cardboard that could be the most fashion-forward piece of furniture in your home. It comes with holes of various sizes that are ideal from sticking paws through and the heavy duty cardboard is strong enough to withstand much scratching.
If you prefer your animals mounted there is even a selection of cardboard big game trophies – elk, rhino, elephant – all made of intricately cut recycled cardboard. They do require assembly so if you’re in a hurry might want to get the mini bison. The best part is that no animals were harmed in the construction of this faux taxidermy.
And while we’re on the subject of cardboard (is there anything it cannot do?) nothing says home for the holidays quite like a 20-foot tall cardboard Christmas tree with a little bird on top. Gilles Miller, better known for intricate art installations and wall surfaces, created a spiral tree made of 3600 hand cut cardboard pieces for the atrium of the Design Museum London back in 2011. Smaller versions are available for purchase at the museum store.
I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday. I want to thank you for being such a loyal reader and I look forward to meeting back here in the New Year for more Pulp Magic.