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selection of Marks and Spencer food items with special Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic 2012 packaging

M & S continues to produce some fantastic packaging. We bought a few items last week – and thought we’d share photos with you in case you haven’t seen any of it.

Marks and Spencer New York pepperoni pizza box illustrated with characters of a cop and Texan tourist wearing a stetson

We’ll start with this pizza box for the pastrami pizza – with its New York cop and stetson-wearing tourist.

detail from a Marks and Spencer New York pepperoni pizza box showing a cartoon illustration of a cop detail from a Marks and Spencer New York pepperoni pizza box showing a cartoon illustration of a Texan tourist wearing a stetson and a camera around his neck

The characters are very reminiscent of Miroslav Sasek book illustrations from the 1950s & 60s.

Marks and Spencer chocolate teacake packaging decorated with illustrations of British bobby, Union Jack flags, school children, birds and bunting

The other products we picked up have much more of a British feel – perfect for this Diamond Jubilee & London Olympic year.

detail from Marks and Spencer chocolate teacake packaging decorated with illustrations of birds and bunting

These chocolate teacakes are covered with Union Jack bunting & flags. What does that pigeon know that we don’t?

detail from Marks and Spencer chocolate teacake packaging decorated with illustrations of a British bobby, Union Jack flag and bunting

Next up we have the old red telephone box.

Marks and Spencer shortbread tin in the shape of and decorated as a red British phone box with figures including a British Bobby, city gent and punk

It’s harking back to the days when telephone box queues were a common sight – pre mobile phone days – the variety of characters each waiting their turn.

detail from a Marks and Spencer shortbread tin in the shape of and decorated as a red British phone box showing the figure of a city gent

We just love the punk rocker blowing his bubblegum.

detail from a Marks and Spencer shortbread tin in the shape of and decorated as a red British phone box showing the figure of a punk

It’s a close run thing, but our favourite item of the batch is probably the biscuit tin below. Again, the artwork is very Sasek inspired – with a bit of Bill Charmatz thrown in.

limited edition Marks and Spencer biscuit tin produced to commemorate the 2012 London Olympic Games decorated with illustrations of London and other British landmarks

The design a real classic with scenes of the British Isles to the sides and traditional London sights to the lid.

detail from a limited edition Marks and Spencer biscuit tin produced to commemorate the 2012 London Olympic Games showing an illustrations of Green Park detail from a limited edition Marks and Spencer biscuit tin produced to commemorate the 2012 London Olympic Games showing an illustrations of the Mall

Also, the tin will last years and can be used over & over again.

lid from a limited edition Marks and Spencer biscuit tin produced to commemorate the 2012 London Olympic Games decorated with illustrations of London landmarks

It’s fantastic when you buy a useful & beautiful storage tin – crammed full of lovely biscuits that you just have to eat first!!

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9 Responses to “M & S Packaging”

  1. Tanya says:

    I love them all, I want them all !
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  2. Katie says:

    They're wonderful! So retro.

  3. ganching says:

    I have the biscuit tin already. M&S are clearly gearing up for the Olympics with these designs which hark back to an earlier, more optimistic period. The kind of souvenirs which will be as popular with locals as they are with visitors.
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  4. John says:

    The packaging on the Milk Chocalate Tea Cakes with the with Union Jack bunting & flags has the Union Flag up side down. The thick white band should be at the top on the flag pole end!

  5. alice apple says:

    Sorry I'm a bit late in noticing this post! I had been waiting for this packaging to be available for sometime. The illustrations are by the talanted San Francisco based designers "Lab Partners" http://lp-sf.com/ I love their work!
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    • Hi Alice,

      We found out who the designers were via Pinterest a couple of months ago. Whoever it is at M&S that's responsible for commissioning packaging designers is doing a fabulous job!

  6. lucy says:

    The packaging was created in-house at the M&S design studio, the illustrators were Phil Hankinson & the Lab Partners.

    • Hi Lucy,

      Thanks for your comment. We found out a while ago about Lab Partners, but haven't heard of Phil Hankinson before – will be off to see if we can find out any more about his work! How do you know so much about it? Do you work for M&S?

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