EDHEC BBA students visited Luxe Pack Monaco today, the occasion to discover and comment packaging innovations in different sectors, like Fragrances and Cosmetics or Wine and Spirits (read the comments they make to this post). This year, two new spaces provide a source of inspiration.
First, a “Living Heritage Hub” is dedicated to the best craftsmen in France (Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant) with Ephtée, Maison Fey, Crézé, Fonderie d’Art Macheret, Atelier Philippe Martial and Cristallerie Saint-Paul, all compagnies having in common excellence and traditional manufacturing.
Second, a multisensorial space proposes an immersive experience “Test your senses” in partnership with Mat&Sens. The space is organized around four major trends in luxury (source S.Truchi, IFOP) and their translation into emotions, sensations and packaging materials that we can touch:
Engagement with brands that truly commit, which leads to revisit The Nature through vegetal moss, mushrooms, sand, and wood composite
The reign of Singularity and self-expression with materials such as 3D textile or mix of acrylic and metal
Non-conformity and opposition to social codes and social expectations, translated through unusal materials such as cow stomach or ray skin
A New Vision of Time, a slow-time which allows consumers to enjoy the moment, through bamboo silk and translucent alabaster
Among the many conferences which were organized this year, the conference “Creative Packaging for a drinking experience beyond the ordinary” explained the process leading to the launch of DIAGEO’s Tanqueray Gin Cage, an amazing bottle much discussed by students (read comments below).
In Monaco from September 21st to September 23rd, Luxe Pack showcased all new trends in the sector of luxury packaging. Luxe Pack trend observers identified three major trends shaping the sector this year:
Frugality, illustrated by sober packagings in neutral colors, creating a sense of serenity (eg. Carven, L’eau intense)
Compulsive, illustrated by vibrant packagings in bright colours, creating a sense of happyness (eg. Nina Ricci Pop)
Imprint, illustrated by sophisticated packagings that play on contrasts and reliefs, appealing to nostalgia and culture. (eg. Mumm bottle and its red cord embedded in the glass)
Eco-consciousness is still present, as a macro-trend that cross frontiers, generations and sectors. This year, Luxe Pack Monaco awarded Bormioli Luigi Glass Maker for its eco-jars, lighter by 50%, and that cut CO2 emissions by 60% (by comparison to jars of equal capacity). What other initiatives did attract your attention and why? For those who could not attend, you might find interesting examples at http://www.luxepack.com/ or shade light on a green initiative you find relevant.
On October 22nd, BBA Edhec 4th year students in Luxury track were welcomed at LUXE PACK Monaco. Students’ selection of the most impressive packaging innovations is attached to this post.
Luxe Pack Trends Observer. Visitors were introduced to the latest trends in luxury packaging, The Empire of Genres, Artisan Manifesto, XXL Branding, thanks to showcases illustrating these trends (picture below). In the afternoon, students attended a conference by Simon Tye (Executive Research Director at Consumer Research Group) “Asian consumer in 2025: Anticipate dramatic consumer changes and rethink your strategy”.
Interaction between packaging and the point of sale. The creation of immersive experiences in the store, thanks to connected packaging, was among the most interesting topics discussed during Friday’s roundtable. Panelists discussed the possibilities offered by kinetic installations such as Hibiki whisky interactive glass and Mischer’Traxler’s interactive curiosity cloud for Perrier Jouët. Both brands propose a customer experience blending tradition and innovation.
Thank you to Marie-Catherine Mars, Professor of Marketing at Edhec for organizing the visit. And thank you BBA Edhec for your involvement!