Contain Yourself

March 06, 1994|By JULIE ROTHMAN

Hold everything. It's the year of the box. From fine art boutiques to mass-market catalogs, unusual offerings abound. Today's designs are created with both function and fashion in mind and come in every material and configuration imaginable -- from an orange cleverly crafted into a box, both beautiful and fragrant, to a fanciful jewelry box shaped like a zebra. Whimsical animals are one of the most pervasive motifs this year, made to hold just about anything.

Other notable designs include a classically elegant Italian leather box triangle and a charming wire boot container. Even the basic wood box takes on new forms. It turns up often as a simple, Shaker-style hat box and occasionally surprises with a complex architectural shape like those created by artist PoShun Leong. Let your imagination run wild. Go bag some boxes.

Contain Yourself

Page 38: Stack (from bottom to top) includes wooden hat boxes from Hold Everything, leather triangles and silk cylinders from the Store Ltd. and wire boot from Something Else. All animal boxes from the Store Ltd. Wooden jewelry box from Gazelle.

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