The products we know and love are getting the artistic treatment this spring with four beauty brands partnering with artists and designers to create special packaging that are works of art in and of themselves. These four collaborations prove that good things come in small packages.
Rodin Olio Lusso Goddess Aurora Collection
Rodin’s new 5-piece product collection to keep your face and body looking bronzed and glowy is inspired by the Roman goddess of dawn and bringer of light. For a second time, the brand has chosen artist and illustrator Donald Robertson to create special packaging for the products and boxes. “The colors of the packaging lend themselves to the shades of each of the pieces and…the collection evokes the feeling of warmth, light and the sun as well,” says Meredith Boylan, Rodin’s executive director of global product innovation. Featuring a body oil, illuminating powder and liquid and two shades of lipstick, the line will keep you looking sun-kissed all summer long. “The colors of the packaging lend themselves to the shades of each of the pieces and…the collection evokes the feeling of warmth, light and the sun as well,” says Meredith Boylan, Rodin’s executive director of global product innovation. “While each piece in the collection captures the radiant glow of the sun with olio lusso-enriched luxuries, the different shades such as Winks lipstick, a highly-pigmented shocking pink, aligns perfectly with the pinks, oranges and yellows in the packaging,” says Robertson, who is also the creative director-at-large for Estée Lauder, the parent company of Rodin. “I love the products so it makes it easy for me. When everyone I know and love loves the brand it’s the icing on the cake of a delicious cake for me.” $25-$90; rodinoliolusso.com
Chantecaille x de Gournay
New York based skincare and cosmetics brand Chantecaille has partnered with hand-painted wallpaper, porcelain and fabric house de Gournay on an excluisve capsule collection of two of their celebrated beauty products: the Lumière Rose highlighter compact and the Darby Rose fragrance. The celebrated home decor brand has partnered with fashion brands like Chanel, Dior, Jenny Packham and Aquazzura before but never a beauty brand. Chantecaille’s creative director Olivia Chantecaille has their butterfly panels in her living room and had used some of their designs before as backdrops for the brand’s photo shoots but they’d never collaborated. “My mother [Sylvie, the brand’s founder] and I are both passionate about interior design, art and flowers, and de Gournay’s work marries all three together so beautifully.” For the cosmetic brand’s first full-fledged packaging design collaboration, the Chinoiserie “For the color palette, I wanted to play up the different shades of pink to capture the elegance of the roses and celebrate the harvest of the rose de mai in the south of France,” says Chantecaille. The feminine design features roses, birds and butterflies. “Seeing how they clearly loved flowers and botanicals, we felt that they’d be the perfect partner to celebrate our love of roses for these two products.” $78-$210; chantecaille.com
Sisley-Paris has collaborated with the beauty brand’s artist niece Elzbieta Radziwill to create a limited edition of the brand’s best-selling Ecological Compound. Radziwill, who has also hand painted several of the pieces of furniture and light fixtures in the brand’s boutiques around the world, has created a special watercolor-like packaging for both the hydrating lotion’s bottle and its packaging (a second design launches in a few months). She created the red and pink botanical pattern for her first collaboration with the brand and this August, an aquatic green and blue-toned pattern of butterflies and nature in pastel shades will be released. “My Uncle Hubert and Aunt Isabelle have always heavily supported my painting,” says Radziwill. “First, by organizing my first exhibition at the Espace Sisley in 2002 and second, by encouraging me to continue painting. In addition to large format paintings, often with themes close to the nature and animal world, I developed a passion for small forms such as furniture, bags and clothes, but mostly lamp shades.” The brand offered the artist a directive in terms of the colors they wanted to highlight for this packaging. “It had to remain in red and gold shades without being too heavy or rigid,” she explains. “The project interested me because the transition to a very small format forced me to keep a discipline that was different from my usual work. I was inspired by some plants of the composition and, more broadly, the ecological side of the product: the natural ingredients and the protection against pollution.” $250; sisley-paris.com
Diptyque x Maison Pierre Frey
Diptyque has partnered with renowned 84-year-old fabric and wallpaper house Maison Pierre Frey to pair their scented candles with one of the decor brand’s archival patterns that evokes the spirit of that fragrance. The ensuing five gift set packaging is available in limited quantities and graces each candle box. $65-$130; diptyqueparis.com