A team of students at Michigan State University’s School of Packaging have taken premium glass packaging to the next level. Spirits connoisseurs could practically wear their adoration with the group’s necktie-shaped glass tequila bottle design—and thanks to their ingenuity, Brad Harris, Jeffrey Herron, Kyle Laslo, Matt Aoun, and Valen Yangouyian were recently announced the winners of the school’s 2016 Glass Packaging Design Competition.
“Glass is the most premium packaging, looks amazing, and can be formed into anything,” says team member Kyle Laslo. “We were able to use a frosted decoration in alternating stripes for a real sense of a necktie. It also gives the bottle a great texture and feel in hand.”
The winning glass bottle design—which beat out 60 other student teams—showcases the team’s “premium” theme for Prima Tequila, topping the geometric, 750ml flint bottle with a square ring cork glass finish to complete the necktie design and protect the contents.
The winning team was invited to glass container manufacturer O-I to tour their Innovation Center, a combined R&D and pilot plant facility, at its global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, as well as their Zanesville glass container manufacturing plant.
“This winning design is not just creative, but could actually be produced,” says Paul Koning, Instructor, MSU, School of Packaging. “So the model is really impressive. When we toured the O-I Zanesville spirits glass manufacturing plant, the employees were really fired up about seeing it.”
Keep an eye on these collegiates—you’ll surely be seeing much more of their work sitting pretty on the shelves of your local liquor stores and supermarkets.