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Cosmetic packaging

  • Place of origin:

    Switzerland (probably, manufactured)

  • Date:

    late 1990s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Karin Herzog (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, metal, plastic

  • Museum number:

    E.733:1, 2-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 217 []

This cosmetics packaging by the Swiss beauty company Karin Herzog references food packaging, and more specifically, take-away and fast food packaging. The visual pun suggests ease of use and immediate results from the products within.

This object – alongside other packaging ephemera in the V&A collection – is a good illustration of the evolving styles of commercial design and packaging formats over the years.

Physical description

Wood chopsticks with yellow and red detail and a metal cap at the thicker end

Place of Origin

Switzerland (probably, manufactured)


late 1990s (manufactured)


Karin Herzog (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, metal, plastic


Length: 22.8 cm, Circumference: 0.7 cm thicker end

Descriptive line

Cosmetics packaging by Karin Herzog, mixed media Swiss, late 1990s

Subjects depicted

Cosmetics; Beauty; Food; Chopsticks


Labels & packaging; Shopping

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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