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A Pillbox's Funky Shapes Help You Remember Your Meds

Céline Forestier's design almost makes it fun to take your medicine.

As most of us get older, the number of dietary supplements we pop on a daily basis skyrockets. If remembering to take all those pills weren't enough of a chore, plastic medicine bottles are eyesores no matter where they're placed. Céline Forestier, a recent grad of Ecole Supérieure d?Art et Design Sant-Etienne , offers an ingenious solution: Seven sculptural pillboxes (one for every day of the week) that keep medicine concealed and organized within a piece of art.

Maybe the most subtle part is that every face of each pillbox is varied, making it easier to have a tactile and visual sense of whether you took your meds (as opposed to typical plastic cases, which are confusing because of their monotonous design). And in addition, elevating the pill box into something worthy of a coffee table object d'art might serve as a subtle daily reminder.

The faceted forms of the resin boxes, Forestier says, were modeled on fractal shapes found in nature. They sit on a stepped wooden plinth -- Monday's pills on the lowest level, Friday's on the highest. If that's too much to keep track of, don't worry: Each box is stamped with the appropriate day of the week. But here's the really cool part: The boxes are divided into four compartments and colored with deepening hues to reflect the time of day -- ranging from white (morning) to charcoal gray (night). The ultimate goal, Forestier says, is to "change attitudes toward medication at home and ultimately de-stigmatize the pillbox."

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  • Christopher Lehmann

    I don't really buy it. True, this piece is beautiful, unique. But as someone who needs to take one crucial medication daily I can say that it's not about a beautiful object 'worthy of a coffee table'. It's about the simple act of remembering to take your meds. I practically have to tie my eyesore of a plastic dispenser to my toothbrush or tape it to my pillow, lest I forget. An object d'art wouldn't remind me to take my meds - once the newness of it wore off. In fact, it's flawed: we're trained that beautiful pieces do not always play a functional role. While I like this design, I'm certain it would blend in to other beautiful objects around my home. My garish hospital issued green plastic dispenser won't: it practically screams at me to remember to take my meds - and that's how I want it.

  • Laszlo Kiss

    The contextual idea is very interesting as a way of way finding.  I am afraid this is a bit on the timid and expressionistic side and does't do enough with the initial concept. Didn't Superman's parents have this?