One evening in Budapest, l’éclat chaleureux of the window display of Bomo Art‘s fine stationery boutique on Régiposta utca cast a spell. I left with a plan, definite in resolution yet vague in specifics, to store some precious object in one of their attractive boxes.
That singular idea has became plural in terms of boxes of different shapes and covering paper. Each is well-adapted to accommodate a specific accoutrement: the square is the ideal size for folded pocket squares; the rectangles are perfect for stacking folded ties; the round was left to deal with the natural jumble of bowties.
Bomo Art‘s decorative paper is of illustrator Éva Holllósi’s original watercolour design. The paper itself is printed and the boxes manufactured at the company’s own factory. The boxes’ construction is sharp and rigid and the paper covering is smoothly and precisely applied, while interior is lined in a discrete brown striped paper.
The client has the added option to specify which part of the paper is to cover the box. Of the montgolfière graphic, for the round box, I preferred the hot air balloons and sky parts of the image rather than the city and river. A few of the decorative papers veer in the direction of saccharine sentimentality, however the range is substantially grounded in the mythologised elegance of Budapest’s (and Vienna’s) glorious pre-world war design past.