Wood is a noble material, prized in the creation of stylish, elegant closures. An insight into Wood by Tapì designs.
Tapì was established 20 years ago to make closures a key element in packaging.
Although, at least in the beginning, our business was focussed more on the production of innovative closures in synthetic materials. But as the years passed, our Research & Development team questioned whether these often-overlooked objects couldn’t be made even more unique and customisable.
From this, and our focus on the changing trends in the packaging world, a few designs were created in various wood finishes. They were made to pre-empt market demand which was to follow a few years later.
The opening of our Mexican site in 2014 was a cornerstone that allowed us to perfect our skills in this area. This factory specialises in making wooden closures and has offered the Group the possibility of radically changing its vision, by shifting its focus to the study of potential uses for wood in various market segments.
With all of these concurrent factors, we can now state that even five years ago we were the pioneers in wooden closures. And today our leadership position is still well-established due to our deep knowledge and control of the whole supply chain – from the forest to the finished product.
These days, we only work with wood whose supply chain we can ensure and manage ourselves. This allows us to avoid complex procedures and create ad hoc designs for our needs and the requirements of our customers.
Overseeing the whole supply chain brings us greater flexibility in terms of the ever-fluctuating market demands and has allowed us to develop from both a strategic and production viewpoint, and particularly for the needs of Europe and the Americas.
There is currently high demand for wooden closures in the spirits sector of the market. At Tapì, as pioneers in the sector, we can supply closures in various shapes and sizes, as well as offering customisations and many different finishes and wood varieties.
Over the years, we have created a range of products from our experience in using wood. These include T-Wood, Speakeasy and Signature Wood Inspiration.
T-Wood is a bar-top range of closures with wooden heads, available in various finishes, and with legs in synthetic materials. These closures are also available in the renewable source version – NEOS – micro agglomerate or in cork. T-Wood was created to enhance a basic design by changing the look of a natural material, such as wood, to give functionality and technical performance.
The development of the T-Wood range has also included the technical assembly of its components. In fact, we were among the first to offer co-injection – a technique that allows the bonding of head and leg without the need for adhesive. This technology ensures a perfect hold between the head and leg components and avoids the risk of breakage, by protecting the product’s functionality and the quality of the sealed distillate.
For this design, we decided to evoke the secret yet slightly elite atmosphere of the speakeasy – stylish clubs that sold illegal alcoholic drinks in the 1920s Prohibition era in the United States. The range includes three different closure collections to mix and match with various bottle types.
Products with an alchemy feel that echo the old apothecary bottles in a refined, contemporary way. Each collection is presented in its own presentation box, containing a number of versions of the closure. Each of them is a blend of raw materials and a sophisticated design to enhance the specific qualities of the bottle it seals.
All the Speakeasy closures are customisable – from the choice of head, type of leg and material, right up to logo customisation and laser engraving.
Signature Wood Inspiration
The T and screw closures in the Wood Inspiration range were conceived and made as worked wooden sculptures, with high-quality customised inserts. This range is part of the Signature collection, the premium range by Tapì for the more ambitious distillate, condiment and cosmetic brands. It’s a combination of artisanal perfection, a technological and aesthetic celebration that conveys the expressive nature of wood through its natural veining and by playing with the elegance of its shape, finish and details.
Wood is a prized, noble material that’s the leading light of the whole Wood Inspiration collection, and which now has two new finishes – Exotic Woods and Craft Effect. The first has been made from rare, exotic wood varieties with a far-flung, mysterious feel that’s perfect to enhance any spirit or condiment with its unconventional, distinctive notes that spotlight the whole supply chain. The second, Craft Effect, was created as the meeting point between untreated wood and genuine leather. The result is distinctive and enhances the craftsmanship quality of every single product and packaging that it seals.
These are not just any closure; they are communication elements that express the values of the products that they are intrinsically connected with. Wood conveys Signature’s style evoking its age-old values and beauty that stands the test of time. It has a finesse that recalls the essential feeling of warmth both to the touch and look.
This article appears in our printed magazine, TapInk.