CHUCKFAMILY: one-of-a-kind money boxes

Dear friends,

I still can’t believe that my first container shipment of CHUCKFAMILY money boxes has arrived in Belgium. At last! Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream.

It took a while to unload and unpack the whole container, but all money boxes are stored neatly in my stock now, ready to find a new home! After all, every home deserves a unique piece of art, don’t you think?

NUMBERED CHUCKS

Believe it or not, but every single CHUCKFAMILY money box truly is one of a kind. After all, every money box has been handmade and hand painted, from the very first to the very last.

To stress this uniqueness, I thought it would be fun to give every CHUCKFAMILY money box a unique number. At the moment, there are 504 copies of each of the 10 types of money boxes.

Why 504 copies of each type of money box, you ask? Well, because 5040 boxes appeared to be the maximum load capacity of my container. Sometimes, the answer is just that simple!

WILL CHUCK NUMBER 330 PLEASE STAND UP?

The first images above shows the bottom of CHUCKFAMILY member Byte, number 330 of the 504 copies to be precise. Just like the rest of my money boxes, Byte number 330 is unique. There’s only one such copy in the whole world. A nice thought, isn’t it?

All of my numbered money boxes were distributed randomly, by the way. So it will be exciting to discover which buyers or collectors will receive the first copy of each type of money box!

As you can see in the pictures, every money box comes with a nice plasticized leaflet. This way you can mark which CHUCKFAMILY money boxes you already have and which money box(es) you still want of course!

WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER?

Would you like to have a unique and original CHUCKFAMILY money box? Click below to visit the CHUCKFAMILY webshop! Who knows, you might as well receive the only number 1 of the Chuck you like!

If you do, please tell me! I’m very curious to know which numbered Chuck belongs to whom!

CHUCKFAMILY money boxes set foot on Belgian soil

Dear friends,

I have very exciting news! Previously I told you about the birth of my CHUCKFAMILY money boxes and the search for an original packaging for my money boxes. Today I am very pleased to announce that the CHUCKFAMILY money boxes have finally arrived in Belgium.

Are you as excited as I am? Well then, below you can read all about the arrival of my CHUCKFAMILY money boxes and how they set foot on Belgian soil.

My first CHUCKFAMILY container shipment

Last week I received a joyful message: my first container with CHUCKFAMILY money boxes had finally arrived in Belgium. I went to collect the money boxes immediately.

I had the honor of opening the container. Such a joy! Such a great moment! The container was crammed with brown boxes. I unloaded the boxes with the help of my friends Ingrid and Philippe and my son Edouard. Then we sorted the money boxes by ‘name’ on different pallets.

Philippe always helps me out with all my logistical problems and questions. This time he handled the forklift truck like a super skilled driver.

Hi there, Chew!

When I started opening the brown boxes Chew (my relaxed money box) was the first to say hi! He was packed  in a nice box with a view. My CHUCKFAMILY money boxes looked even better than I had hoped!

To my surprise, the information leaflet in the packaging was plasticized. It looks great. I hope that my leaflets will encourage everyone to ‘adopt’ even more members of the CHUCKFAMILY.

My money boxes are looking for a new home

As much as I would like to, I can’t keep all of my money boxes for myself. That’s why I call on you!

Do you want to buy one of my money boxes? They will be up for sale on October 15. Click below to visit our webshop.

 

In search of the ideal CHUCKFAMILY packaging

Dear friends,

A few months ago, I traveled to China with my friend Ingrid to witness the birth of my first CHUCKFAMILY money boxes!

In China, I came up with ideas for an original packaging for my money boxes. I wanted the packaging to be more than a dull box. It had to be fun and cuddly, just like the money boxes.

I made the first prototype of the packaging and sent it to China for production. End of story. Or so I thought…

There soon appeared to be a problem with the packaging. So I had to make “a few changes” to the original design… What followed was a long but inspiring design process.

In search for the ideal CHUCKFAMILY packaging - Wim De Prez

The original design of the packaging

The original design of the packaging was based on chuck drawings and paintings I made 15 years ago. First I used a digital technique to make a “stack” of reusable chuck drawings.

Then I made a ‘cross’ that could be folded into a cube and I printed my chuck drawings on the cross. Subsequently I colored the drawings and I rearranged them to make them fit better.

Then I printed my design and I glued it on a selfmade box. The packaging looked exactly the way I hoped it would! The drawings on the box fit together seamlessly!

A box with a view

Since I wanted to design ‘a box with a view’ I cut a hole in the front of the box. I soon realized it would be nicer to cut a hole in the side panel of the box though. So I did.

However, when I received a blueprint of the packaging dimensions from my manufacturer, I noticed that the shape was totally different from my original ‘cross’ design.

So I had to go back to the drawing board!

The second version of the packaging

Since I worked with digital drawings it was easy to adjust the ‘frame’ of the box. However, it was a bit difficult to rearrange the drawings in a way that they would still fit together.

Luckily, after lots of trial and error, I succeeded in fitting new seamless drawings on the packaging. There was even room for a ‘window’.

But at that time, I did not know that my money boxes would be packed in a styrofoam mold for protection during their long trip to Europe. I faced a new challenge…

The final version of the packaging

The styrofoam mold fit the packaging perfectly, but there was one downside: it was 4 cm high and it took up way too much space in the window.

To solve this problem, I reduced window and I drew a crazy peeping Chuck on the extra space.

At last, after many ordeals, I had the perfect packaging for my CHUCKFAMILY money boxes. The image below shows a prototype of the final design.

What do you think?

Do you like the final version of the packaging for my CHUCKFAMILY money boxes? I think it’s fun and cuddly, what do you think?

Would you like to buy a money box?

Keep an eye on our website chuckfamily.com. There’s a lot happening behind the scenes. In a few weeks, we’ll have some exciting news for you!