Posts Tagged ‘Scotties’

The Artist: Black & White Film, Scotties Tissue Box Make a Case for Class


Rating: ★★★★★ 

“Colour is so…last year”, thought Sinus Sister, emerging from a post-Oscar party for The Artist. It’s impossible to see this film and not want to take tap dancing lessons. But before I gush about the charm and grace in this silent film, FULL DISCLOSURE: Sinus Sister is “romantically linked” (wink) to the first cousin of the The Artist‘s director/writer, Michel Hazanavicius, but nobody put me up to this review. Michel hardly needs the endorsement of a small-time blogger when he has Harvey Weinstein in his corner. The Artist debuted at Cannes, where it was robbed of the Palme d’Or. Film critics loved pulling for this underdog entry, a clever homage to the silent era in our over-stimulated culture. With only a film score to highlight the action, Hazanavicius tells the tale of a washed-up silent movie star (Jean Dujardin) and the upstart actress (Bérénice Bejo) who brings him back to life.

Why see a silent film: for the unexpected sound gags

Who to take: someone on a first date

Who we loved: Bérénice Bejo, who is all moxy with no mugging

What we didn’t miss: colour

What we wanted afterward: elbow-length gloves

Inspired by the film’s classy black and white palette, Sinus Sister banished all Christmas-sy tissue boxes from the house except one—the seasonal two-ply penguin design by Scotties. It’s understated yet grand, somehow, just like The Artist. Now, let me practice pulling off my long gloves, tugging on one finger (tug) at (tug) a (tug) time (tug).

Scotties Design Challenge Winner, Mischa Bartkow: Artist for Allergy Sufferers, Sneezers and Hay Fever People Who Hate Ugly Tissue Boxes

Sinus Sister is blown away

One hanging light bulb is stark. One hundred hanging light bulbs are stylish. This neo-Goth tissue box is like a mini art installation that looks good beside your Barcelona chair. It speaks to my inner architect, who has always wanted to renovate a reclaimed space (read: dump) and fill it with design curiosities—Ingo Maurer lamps, Victorian bird cages, neon light boxes and now this award-winning tissue box.

Who is the design’ling (my word) behind this haunting box? Meet Mischa Bartkow, kick-ass photographer and winner of the Scotties Design Challenge 2011.  Mischa, please tell us what you’re doing with your $10K prize! Sinus Sister can’t wait to see your living room makeover. Will you send photos?


Scotties Supreme ‘Peacock’

July 19, 2011  |  Tissue Throwdown  |  , ,  |  1 Comment

Welcome to the beauty contest for tissue boxes.

May I present the first winner? It’s a  Scotties Supreme peacock print. With a sparkly 3D  pattern, it’s trippy in a way that explains why people drop acid. The psychedelia peacock box recalls a hilarious line in Claire Dederer’s new book, Poser, a memoir about surviving yoga addiction and parenthood. She explains how taking a walk with a childless girlfriend is like “taking a peacock out on a leash”. Ouch. I am that childless peacock friend. [Read my full book review of Poser at the bottom of this page in Maclean’s magazine]. Peacocks are an apt symbol for the preening yogis and yoginis she derides in the book. (This comment is in no way directed at my most kind yogis, who teach without ego).

The winning tissues are 3-plies–the sturdy mops of the trade–and the best yoga tissues I’ve tried in a while. However, at $2.19 per box, you pay for the luxury and the trippy graphics.

Claire Diderer