Boites de la paix - Peace Box storage and mini bar versions | upcycleDZINE

The world of upcycle design is filled with great ideas. At least that’s how I see it. There’re so many unsuspected and interesting design objects with a great story. Just like BOITES DE LA PAIX (Peace Boxes), a mini bar and wine rack collection that caught my attention.

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Thinking outside the Box

Peace Boxes is a collection of barware made by upcycling authentic US army wooden ammunition boxes from the 70s. This great idea is the creation of two designers and multidisciplinary artists Bruno Chouinard and Anne Lapierre. They search on the road for these rarities and transform them in their Montreal studio. The boxes are finished with 100% eco-friendly oil and wax that enhances the beauty of the vintage piece.

Boites de la paix - Peace Box wine rack version | upcycleDZINE

The boxes are available in 3 variations. There is a mini bar, wine rack, and a storage version. It is designed to either stand on the floor or be mounted on a wall.

Boites de la paix - Peace Box floor storage version | upcycleDZINE
Boites de la paix - Peace Box labels | upcycleDZINE

Boîtes de la Paix:

“A vibrant design that adds style to the decor and pleasure to the degustation. Inhabited by a soul, witness of history, each Peace Box is individually marked by the passage of time and has its individual character.”

Boites de la paix - Peace Box wine rack and mini bar versions | upcycleDZINE
Boites de la paix - Peace Box wall and floor storage versions | upcycleDZINE
Photo © Boîtes de la Paix

Needle in a haystack

These discarded US Army Howitzer cartridge boxes from for example the Vietnam war era are made from red and white pine. All boxes are equipped with original ropes, hinges, and clasps. Millions were burned or buried over the decades. In early 2000, the boxes were still around. Today, it’s an enormous challenge to find good quantities. “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack!”

Boites de la paix - Peace Box wine rack floor version | upcycleDZINE

Boîtes de la Paix has had a great artistic and commercial success in North America and in Europe and became part of museums collections at The Peace Museum in Chicago and at The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.


In a time where we exploit the planet’s natural resources, it’s time to make responsible consumer choices. We all know that forests are being razed. So it’s great that you now have an option to become an owner of a unique upcycle design mini bar or wine rack, that’s made out of old discarded wood.
There are only a few other upcycle objects on upcycleDZINE that have the same contrast with regard to its new function and design.

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