Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Box for Stanley Kubrick

A link was recently sent my way to a site talking about Stanley Kubrick's quest for a perfect box. G. Ryder & Co. Ltd. were approached by Kubrick's people because Stanley wanted a box with a lid that wasn't too loose or too tight and was the perfect size. You can watch a video that looks to be part of a different documentary by visiting the G. Ryder & Co. Ltd. site and pressing the Kubrick Video button in the lower right corner. It'll be worth it just to hear somebody say "It's a Lovely Box."

Stanley Kubrick's Custom Box

They don't actually discuss the dimensions of the box and some people report the box is still for sale, but I wasn't able to find any information to back up the claim. In a day and age where there are hundreds of boxes for hundreds of uses, it is difficult to sift through the rabble and find a decent substitute.

I could tell by the video that the Cardboard Kubrick Box was wire stitched, but checking for that only came up with results of wire stitched notepads and wire stitched brooms. So we have to throw out a properly constructed box. We are going to have to make some compromises in the quest for a general facsimile, but we know we know the general shape and we know it needs to be high quality.

Unfortunately, we have to forgo the ever important lid to get an appropriate sized box. With the string and button closure instead of a lid it is actually a little easier to keep the box closed, but allows easy access without the lid sticking. I don't have the proper dimension of the Kubrick box but this looks about right. Fellowes produces several varieties of these boxes so you can find the one that makes you feel the most like Kubrick and stock up. Take special note of Fellowes 4.25" high, 9.25" wide and 23.75" deep box as it is the most economical of the group.


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