Stunning photos will change how you see Apple's packaging

There's no unboxing like an Apple unboxing. Unfolding (or tearing – we're not here to judge) Apple's sleek white packaging is a key part of the whole product experience – and now, a new photography project is paying tribute to the carefully considered cardboard.

From the innards of an AirPods box to, well, all manner of unidentifiable pieces of tiny, fiddly white card, Johann Clausen’s new personal project puts the various examples of Apple packaging front-and-centre in extreme close-ups. (Check out our best Apple deals if you're ready to do some unboxing.)

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Some of Clausen's packaging photos (Image credit: Johann Clausen/Wallpaper*)

Not only is the project a paean to Apple's incredibly considered design, but it also presents an "intriguing game of deduction" to the viewer, as it isn't always entirely (or even remotely) obvious what product some packaging elements correspond to.

According to Wallpaper*, Clausen's setup (consisting of a view camera and digital sensor) was designed to bring out "details of textures while creating distortion-free reproductions of the objects". Indeed, up-close, it's hard to tell that these are often such tiny fragments of packaging. 

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Can you guess which products these come from? (Image credit: Johann Clausen/Wallpaper*)

Clausen is clearly a huge fan of Apple's packaging design, describing the "sacred symbolism" of each object, as well as how at times "it felt like photographing utopian architectural models rather than just packaging".

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(Image credit: Johann Clausen/Wallpaper*)

With so much web space dedicated to images of the products themselves, it's nice to see some of Apple's lesser known and appreciated design work take centre stage. And with so many exciting new products announced last week, including the beautiful new 2021 iMac, there are no doubt plenty of new packaging designs around the corner

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.