Agency: Blu Lab Design Lab
Project Type: Produced, Commercial Work
Client: 1892 Premium Chocolate
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Packaging Contents: Chocolate
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Reed Paper box
Printing Process: Foil stamping, embossed, offset

This project arrived to our office, as an export chocolate with no name or identity. Blu!Lab thoroughly investigated the minutiae that makes this product unique.

We discovered that this family owned brand has a centuries old history of cacao farming, going all the way back to the 1800’s. In 1892 Ecuador was the largest exporter of the cacao bean worldwide.

This year became the focal point in creating the brands identity; a vintage inspired packaging that transports the consumer to Ecuador’s golden age of cacao, without loosing modern details that communicate a legacy of both tradition and innovation.

The design goes further than just representing the story through a static visual; the chocolate’s packaging is made out of reed paper, covered in ornamental details used to highlight information classic of the epoch. The logo is embossed and printed with golden ink. The colors are vibrant yet desaturated, and the typographies were selected by studying the Ecuadorian currency of the time.

1892 chocolate delights the senses, visually and tactfully… and that’s without getting into the remarkable flavour.

What’s Unique?
The packaging is made out of reed paper, which is more eco friendly, and sustainable than normal pulp paper in Ecuador, and gives an image of desaturated, vintage currency.