A box of chocolates is always a special thing, to be savoured, to be celebrated. Once the sweets are rightfully devoured, however, their packaging is usually discarded. But what if the box was as delightful as the chocolate?
In a truly delicious meeting of the minds, London-based fashion label Peter Pilotto (made up of Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos) has designed a special multi-layered chocolate and macaron box for Belgian haute chocolaterie Pierre Marcolini (founded by the man of the same name). It is a fitting match, especially given that Pilotto and de Vos met while studying at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, but also because of the well aligned aesthetic of both parties.
Sold exclusively at Selfridges, Harrods, and Pierre Marcolini boutiques, the brightly patterned box is a natural extension of the Peter Pilotto name, which has become famous for its prints and playful references to board games. As such, the chocolate box spells out both P-i-l-o-t-t-o and, when taken apart and flattened, M-a-r-c-o-l-i-n-i; different drawers also nod to some of the fashion brand’s popular patterns. The colours—powder oranges, greens, blues—evoke those of the sweet desserts that sit inside, which come in flavours such as salted caramel and raspberry, passion fruit, and nougat praline.
Part Scrabble, part Rubik’s Cube, part puzzle, the box takes on a life of its own after the chocolates are gone—a tangible reminder of all that which they dutifully carried.
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