CRISIS SHOP, sketches

Merchandising product for Milan, version 2

The economic crisis transforms purses and wallets into empty containers.

Made out of a tubular piece of fabric, Tbag reverses the volumes of an ordinary bag.
Especially designed for the Milan furniture fair, its outlines are pockets to slip leaflets business cards, and documents into whilst the main volume can hold jackets and scarves.




Feeding with references

In parallel of my research, I'm looking at artists and designers having similar approaches, and I'm collecting elements, images, stories from all areas that I find interesting, organized around bipolar themes like:
pouring/over pouring, control/freedom, nature/reverse nature & gravity.

AROUND THE THEME'S PAGE > Reverse The Crisis' references blog

Link also on the right column.
Let me know if you think of someone's work or feel free to send me some links!


Researching materials

The structural strength can be assured by nylon mesh or other chopped materials to mix with the pourred substance. Self-skinning foam is also an interesting material to look at.


Researching materials

Demonstration in the clay studio with Canonbury art shop about Jesmonite (powder) and Bioresins (liquid), which substitute polyester and epoxy resins.

I will try to get them as a sponsor for the Degree show.

I will experiment with a flexible resin as well as a very strong or even reinforced one - also in contact with others materials like wood and plastic - to see how the material reacts and figure it out which ones seem to be the most appropriated one.


CRISIS SHOP, sketches

Merchandising version of Rush bag (from october 2008) for Milan furniture fair.


Planning OVER & UP project

HOW - Research materials
- define specific tests (models + 1:1)
- look for materials for the mould-base + for pouring
- work out the structural strength
> in order to control the principle

WHERE - Design Scene Investigate
- identify design manufactures (where the product could relate to)
- find industrial processes (other alternatives)
- think of the scale of production
> in order to position the product in the market

WHAT - Contextualize
- scope opportunities of the idea
- set up situations & scenarios
- think of functions which echoes the pouring one
> in order to define a purpose and open to a family of objects