A Japanese Daruma doll in wood with drawers, by Shigeru Akizuki
Variations on boxes within boxes, by Shigeru Akizuki
Wooden container for wood samples, by Shigeru Akizuki
Folding box with traditional Daruma dolls inside, in three stages, by Shigeru Akizuki
Four drawers with Japanese masks inside, by Shigeru Akizuki
Aren’t these dolls and boxes fabulous?! They were all designed and illustrated by Japanese packaging designer Shigeru Akizuki.
I absolutely love objects with little compartments and drawers. And I’m especially fond of the dolls and box sets that feature the Japanese Daruma doll motif. I grew up with this familiar face. And it has a pretty rich history which includes Daruma, the Father of Zen Buddhism, and a Japanese tradition of good luck.
What I also find interesting is that the majority of these boxes and dolls were self-promotion pieces for the designer. Could you imagine having something as cool as one of these pieces to give out to clients?