I wanted to pose this as a question: Is the design of your lunch box important to you? Sure, we all like aestheticaly pleasing forms and designs, but is it really necessary to go for good looks? Well, the first thing that comes to mind is, that you have to differentiate between functional and aesthetic design. A lunchbox or bag can be veryy beautiful and have the most entricate embroidery and emblems, but still fail on getting the job done.
Let’s first focus on aesthetic designs. The first lunch boxes were launched in 1900, but it took a good 50 years until they became wanted collectors items. Many people remember their now vintage lunch boxes with joy. So many memories! At first, they were made of steel, very robust with colorful prints. The prints stayed, but since the 80s, most containers are now plastic. What a shame! You might ask yourself why i am talking about kids lunchboxes on this blog. See, for many adults looking back to their childhood is very important. Collecting vintage lunch boxes is one way to share in the nostalgia. Everything has become so difficult, so relaxing with the idea of a good time long ago in your mind feels really nice. There are many websites on the Internet focusing on these rare yet very beautiful lunchboxes.
In modern times, many people see their food containers as lifestyle accessoirs. Just take a look at the current tote bag trend. Especially people who are fashion confident are flocking to these products. They’re relatively inexpensive yet very pleasing with intricate designs and details. One example is the Built Gourmet Getaway.Just imagine yourself walking through manhatten with this beauty. Do you think people would turn their heads ? There are other examples of adult lunch boxes with special designs. They are made as a communication tool. They’re helping you to make a statement, to show who you are, to make yourself visible to the world.
You do not care about design? Wrong. You do. Your lunch box has to be functional, no? The most basic products might not be the best for everyone. Especially adults working in tough jobs like construction work do need tough containers. Forget about plastic – steel, here i come! Stanley is propably the most known brand with a lot of tradition behind. And the kit itself is very durable and robust as it can „survive“ falling from an airplane. So it is basically unbreakable. If you are japanese or want to enrich your lunch experience, you will find a bento lunch jar most functional. Designed like an oversized thermos it contains several containers suitable for soup, rice, fruit and vegetables. Keeping your food at the right temperature all the time.
To summerize: Yes, design does matter! Beautiful vintage lunch boxes are worthful collectors items and are prone to provoke tearful nostalgia You can also make a statement by choosing the „best looking“ lunchbox. But in the end, functional design also counts. A simple sandwhich container might not cut it for you. Why? You’re not a kid anymore but a grown up with the needs of an adult….lunchbox wise