Blooms: Luxury in the Face of Adversity
by Chan Min Yun


Singapore design student Chan Min Yun has packaged doses of medicine in little origami parcels that open like flowers when placed into water (+ movie).

Blooms Luxury in the Face of Adversity by Chan Min Yun

The Blooms are made of thin water-resistant paper and each contain one dose of amoxicillin (an antibiotic for children), acetaminophen (menstrual pain relief) or paracetamol (pain and fever relief).

Blooms Luxury in the Face of Adversity by Chan Min Yun

"The experience of watching the blooming medicine serves as a form of emotional relief in addition to physical relief from the medication by slowing down our pace, creating a moment to take a breather and reflect on what we are blessed with," says the designer.

Blooms Luxury in the Face of Adversity by Chan Min Yun

See packaging for remedies labelled by symptoms rather than ingredients here and food packaged like medicine here.

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  • Horta

    Nice esthetics, but the concept is wrong; taking medication shouldn't be made "fun".

  • What an uninformed comment.

    Compliance with medication, especially medications with morbidity and mortality benefits rather than noticeable differences on a day to day basis in patients is a noted, oft-discussed problem in the medical world.

    Anything likely to increase compliance – especially in the paediatric population where it is often difficult to get children to take things for their own benefit – is an idea worth looking into.

    • Sorry, call me a dissident –or an ignoramus– but increase compliance to take medication is not something I endorse.

      Or maybe I'm too influenced by THX1138.

    • Horta

      Agreed, for those products it would make a difference. I was more thinking towards sleeping pills, antidepressants, etc… for which many people have created some sort of an addiction. Making those kinds of mediciations more "attractive" would only increase the problem (same reason why some cough sirups have a bad taste, even though it's chemically possible to make them taste better).

  • Ping

    I don't really understand the practicality behind this.

    What happens to the soggy piece of paper? …Do I drink that too?

    • Mell

      "The Blooms are made of thin water-resistant paper…."
      So I guess you drink the medicine and throw away the paper (just like we always do) afterwards. (:

    • xtiaan

      ever used a tea bag?

  • Elena Nigmand

    Healing the body and soul with warmth and finesse. Especially young patients.