Paris—DesignPack Gallery

By | October 12, 2012

Interior DesignPack Gallery, books

Interior DesignPack Gallery, books on packaging and packaging design


June 17, 2010

Unlike other cities, such as New York, which is laid out on a grid, Paris, at least for the most part, is not. One misguided turn and you’re headed in the wrong direction, or just not in the right direction, the one intended to lead you to your destination. Sometimes it works out, though, like today, and you discover something unexpected.

I set out on foot for the Bibliothèque Nationale located at #58 Rue de Richelieu. My brain failed to translate the map accurately and I suddenly found myself in the midst of a dense protest march surrounded by uniformed police and undercover security near the Bank of France in the neighborhood of the Palais Royal. The Palais was the childhood home of Louis XIV and now houses the Council of State and the Constitutional Council, as well as the Ministry of Culture.

At #1 Rue de Richelieu I turned to work my way through the chaos of the protest back up the congested narrow street to #58. En route I passed a shop at #24 whose window display enticed me to go inside, where I experienced a temporary reprieve from the noise and exhaust of the crowded street and discovered a wide array of products made from recycled materials, as well as books on packaging and packaging design. I wandered through the shop to the back of the first floor where a slide show with English subtitles chronicled the history of Samsonite luggage, a unique form for packaging clothes and travel items. A series of company advertisements showed how the styles have changed over the years. The newest Samsonite line, sturdy and lightweight Cosmolite, was included in the small exhibition and also available for purchase.

According to the young man at the front desk, the gallery and shop are part of a packaging design company called DesignPack, which is located upstairs. The gallery, founded in September 2008 by Fabrice Peltier, is dedicated to the art of packaging design including the recycling of packaging into new products and art objects. I showed the attendant my San Diego State University business card and he allowed me take photographs. He also kindly pointed me in the direction of the Bibliothèque Nationale.

Learn more about DesignPack at

DesignPack Gallery
24, rue de Richelieu
75001 Paris

Telephone: +33(0)1 44 85 86 00
FAX +33(0)1 44 85 86 44

Interior DesignPack Gallery, recycled products.
Interior of DesignPack Gallery, recycled products.

Interior DesignPack Gallery.
Interior of the DesignPack Gallery, looking back towards the gallery.

Entrance to DesignPack Gallery Paris
Entrance to DesignPack Gallery Paris. The red lamps above the doorway are made from recycled plastic bottles.

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