The Luxury Packaging Awards are a brand new annual event that celebrates the best and brightest in luxury product packaging design. This year’s inaugural event took place at the wonderful Underglobe on London’s Bankside, with a shortlist of hopefuls that included companies as Stölzle Oberglas, Allied Glass and many more.

Image of Black Bottle by Allied Glass

Black Bottle Whisky by Allied Glass

Rogue by Rihanna

Rogue by Rihanna by Glass Stölzle Oberglas

The awards are organised by Packaging News, and run in conjunction with the annual easyFairs’ Luxury Packaging exhibition and conference. The awards aim to showcase the most inventive and original designs from around the world in a range of categories from food and drink to cosmetics, perfumes, bags and tobacco products.

The nominees are judged by a panel of industry experts on several different criteria, including:

  • Quality and innovation in graphics, decoration, shape and structure.
  • Functionality.
  • Shelf stand-out.
  • How the pack adds value to the brand.
  • Luxury feel.

The winners were announced on September 29th in front of a special V.I.P crowd; here are our reactions to the winners, from Rajapack’s Senior Buyer Kezia Gray and Purchasing Manager Hector Au

  • Drinks Primary PackTanqueray No Ten by Allied Glass

Tanqueray Glass

Kezia really liked this new take on the Tanqueray bottle. It was reminiscent of the Art Deco period with its classical, yet contemporary styling. Kezia felt it was definitely an improvement on the current bottle and it looks an expensive, premium product.

  • Drinks Secondary PackGlengoyne 25-year-old Highland Single Scotch Whisky by PPS

Image of Glengoyne Whiskey

Hector regarded the design as very old fashioned and doesn’t think this is pushing the boundaries much in terms of the ‘Whisky bottle in a box’ theme.  The design evokes ideas of a late 19th and early 20th century heritage.

  • Perfume PackTresor Repack by Stolzle Oberglas

Tresor Repack by Stolzle Oberglas

Kezia thought the design was very old fashioned for the perfume market. She wasn’t sure what demographic the product was targeted to. For her it wasn’t enough of an inspiring design to warrant being on the winner’s list. 

  • Cosmetics & Personal Care PackGENEU Airlift Pump System by Toly Products UK

GENEU Airlift Pump System by Toly Products UK

Both Hector and Kezia found it difficult to understand what this product could offer you from the packaging alone. For Hector it reminded him of a late 90s Armani perfume or after shave dispenser.

  • Jewellery & Accessories PackNew Accurist Watch Box by Hunter Premium Packaging

New Accurist Watch Box by Hunter Premium Packaging

Hector thought that the packaging gave the product a more upmarket feel. However, he thinks that Accurist need to do more with the overall brand, to change perceptions of this brand. But nonetheless a valiant effort.

  • Luxury Food PackAloha Gelato Box by Pringraf

Aloha Gelato Box by Pringraf

This evokes memories of American style take away Chinese food packaging. But one thing was on Hector and Kezia’s minds in terms of how the frozen ice cream filled fruits were insulated within the packaging. Was there a polystyrene inner layer that we could see from the photos?

  • Luxury Tobacco Pack – Dunhill Special Reserve Limited Edition Global Travel Retail Pack by Webb DeVlam

Dunhill Special Reserve Limited Edition Global Travel Retail Pack by Webb DeVlam

Both Kezia and Hector felt that there was more packaging than there was actual product. But they agreed it had a very upmarket look. Wouldn’t look out of place in a Gentleman’s club or an old fashioned smoking room.

  • Luxury Shopping BagRose Demi Sec La Montina by Gruppo Cordenons

Rose Demi Sec La Montina by Gruppo Cordenons

Kezia liked the bag for its very contemporary look – she regarded it as a modern, Mediterranean take on a typical upright bottle packaging concept. Perfect for hot, summery weather.

  • Special EditionBombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill Distillery Limited Edition by Webb deVlam

Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill Distillery Limited Edition by Webb deVlam

Not a massive departure from the iconic Bombay Sapphire standard bottle, it is more of an evolution says Hector. It is more see through and less opaque than the standard bottle and similar to the approach Cristal have followed with their champagne bottles.

  • Innovation of the YearAbsolut Originality by Ardagh Group

Absolut Originality by Ardagh Group

Both Hector and Kezia preferred the standard bottle design with its italic script on the label rather than the blue vein design that runs through the glass. The shape of the bottle hasn’t really changed that much, it’s really only the label that looks different.  But they both thought it was less exclusive looking than the standard bottle design.

  • Best in Show – Aloha Gelato Box by Pringraf

Aloha Gelato Box by Pringraf

Both Hector and Kezia would have opted for other designs that were up for this award rather than the Gelato box. For Kezia it was the luxury shopping bag for the Rosé wine and for Hector the Tanqueray bottle was more to his liking.

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