I have a certain fascination with 'brown box' packaging. That is the cardboard boxes that are used to transport goods around the world, but which are usually discarded before those goods are put on sale in a retail store. Unless, of course, you're buying something which might be 'flat-packed' (from IKEA, for instance), where what you receive or take away with you comes straight off the warehouse shelf. I'm fascinated because these boxes have to be highly functional, as do the graphics that are applied to them. Perhaps I'll write more about this one day. But in the meantime I can't help wondering about a couple of boxes that I've had stored for a long time. They contain glass lampshades that I've never got round to putting up. The boxes have text in several languages advising me which way up to store them, and this graphic which reminds me that the contents are made of glass and are breakable:
Does its job well, doesn't it? Except, though, that if I did drop a wine glass on the floor the one part that is never going to break is the stem.