Crafting a legacy
I created a limited edition box for a fictitious luxury cigar maker, Maxwell Holmes. In order to fulfill the needs of the client, I came up with the brand's history and their project requirements: To commemorate recently reinstated trade with Cuba, Maxwell Holmes wanted to create a special edition box set of their most celebrated recipe – the Havana Blend.
Beginning with paper
The filigree on the box was nod to the Romanticism of the 1870's, the decade Maxwell Holmes began making cigars. I paired the illustration with an early century typeface, which I adapted by hand for this application.
To bring the design to life, I laser etched my design into a cedar box and gold leafed the letterforms by hand. The result was a package that suited the up-scale product it contains.