Everybody needs a tissue sometimes. Take comfort—and company—from this fact whenever you see the cheerful, colorful graphic faces on this Dusen Dusen box, designed to fit over the top of a standard box of tissues. Designed in her signature style by Ellen Van Dusen, the Everybody Tissue Box is based on the design of a limited-edition, hand-painted tissue box she created for the Faces show held at Fredericks & Mae in the fall of 2018. Placed on your vanity, in the bathroom or on a side table, the Everybody Tissue Box adds color and surprising artistry to the sight of an everyday necessity.
DesignerEllen Van Dusen
Size5.7h x 5.2w x 5.2"d
Year of Design2019
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“While I was making this tissue box for a show of face vessels at Fredericks & Mae, I was designing a collection of striped towels—so I was in stripe mode. I applied the stripes to a graphic face motif I originally drew in illustrator and went from there.”
“I think color relationships are more important than any color on its own. I see it sort of like different keys in music—as long as you keep the relationship between notes the same, you have the same song.”
“I have always been drawn to color in a visceral way. I've gotten particularly into stripes in my own work as it is one of the purest forms of putting color together—it allows color to do all the work.”
Designer Ellen Van Dusen launched her brand Dusen Dusen in 2010 with a line of womenswear featuring original prints on versatile silhouettes. In 2015, she expanded her brand with the introduction of Dusen Dusen Home, which now includes towels, a bathrobe, a tissue box and a trash bin. The designs are characterized by vibrant colors and stripes, inspired by fine art and Van Dusen’s research into how our brains react to color.
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