Boîtes de la Paix, or Peace Boxes, give new function and soul to authentic wooden US army ammunition boxes from the 60-70s.
These US Army Howitzer cartridge boxes from the Vietnam war era, made from red and white pine, were simply discarded after use. Millions were burned or buried over the decades. Hunted down and re-directed from their military past to create our line of whiskey cabinets, wine racks and mini bars, the boxes now carry a significant artistic gesture for peace and environmentalism.
Each box is unique, bearing the marks of its distinct history. Rope handles, hinges & clasps are original and we keep an original stamp at the back.
The history and symbolism of the boxes is as important as their esthetic and functionality.
From 2000 to 2010, Boîtes de la Paix had great artistic and commercial success through North America and Europe. The boxes became part of the permanent collections at The Peace Museum in Chicago and The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The two designers - multidisciplinary artists Bruno Chouinard and Anne Lapierre - also exhibited related artistic installations, land art in situ and art video works in Canada, USA and Germany.
Today, it's an enormous challenge to find good quantities of the boxes. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack.
With the boxes becoming harder and harder to find, Bruno and Anne spent the past seven years focusing on different artistic fields such as cinema and theatre. But they are back now, having scavenged more of their precious raw material in the deep heart of the United States. The two creators travelled from Montreal to the US, bringing back a full truckload of ammunition boxes from four different states. So here they are, ready again to give a new soul to these magnificent pieces of wood with a limited edition collection.
By giving a second life to these magnificent industrial boxes, we pay tribute to the majestic pines cut down to build them. When the planet's natural resources are being exploited, as forests are being razed, it's time to make responsible consumer choices. We are very happy to provide such an option with decorative, functional and symbolic items for your home.
Boîtes de la Paix add a unique touch to your decor and some spirit to happy hour!