Art of Play Standards Box Set

Derrick Lin


Packaging Manufacturer: MW Luxury
Project Type: Produced
Client: Dan and Dave Buck
Location: UK
Packaging Contents: Playing Cards

Last year MW Luxury unveiled the results of a collaboration with the sleight of hand practitioners Dan and Dave Buck: the Makers Collectors’ Box Set.

Now, we’re delighted to showcase another pack that the MW Luxury team has manufactured for these famous card-slinging brothers: a bespoke, limited edition playing card set for their company Art of Play.

Working from a brief by designer Kevin Cantrell, the MW Luxury team manufactured a bespoke box set to house six decks of premium Standards playing cards (which were also designed by Cantrell).

The Art of Play case has a simple, shoebox-style structure: a rectangular base with a lift-off lid. The exterior boasts a high-gloss lacquer finish in piano-black – to achieve such an effect, we applied a total of six coats of lacquer.

Gold decals surround the sides of the box, while the lid is inlaid with a sculptural gold colored alloy plaque, bearing the words “Standards Playing Cards” – this stunning addition is the focal point of the pack, a feature guaranteed to wow.

The lid is kept firmly attached to the base via a robust magnetic locking mechanism, but can be easily removed to reveal the sumptuous interior of the box. Inside, the six sets of playing cards sit in their own tailored compartments – we crafted deck dividers from EVA and wrapped them in black PU leather.

The final touch is a black suede covering on the base of the pack to prevent scuffing on surfaces.

We only manufactured a limited run (less than 500) of these exquisite box sets, making them the hottest must-have item for playing card enthusiasts.