Packaging fine art and antiques
Softening the blows of a typical package in transit
I'm a firm believer that rigid, hard materials shouldn't
be used for packing breakable items.
After almost 30 years in the Art Business,
I've had my fill of badly thought
out packaging; one too many gilt-framed old paintings
arrive at the gallery with bits and pieces
of molding rattling around in the bottom of the crate.
You'd be surprised at the number of Art shippers that
aren't aware that hard materials like plywood can transfer shock
waves to the contents quite easily.
Harder, heavier and larger is not necessarily the best
rule of thumb to use when designing packages.
A more resilient, softer material
like corrugated cardboard is much less susceptible
to an abrupt shock; the material compresses slightly on impact,
deadening the blow and dissipating any jarring vibrations before the destructive
energy reaches the precious contents.
Softer, lighter, smaller and stronger is the way to go here.
Corrugated cardboard is a really remarkable package engineering material
and used with common sense and solid design techniques, articles can be packed
faster, smaller, lighter, stronger.
and of course - at lower cost!