renowned german designer konstantin grcic has upcycled a surplus material from the automotive industry into a new bag dubbed SOFTOTE. created for berlin-based verdeq, the bag celebrates playfulness by combining two window cut-out forms into a tote bag.

konstantin grcic - SOFTOTE - verdeq
images by verdeq

 

 

for the SOFTOTE for verdeq, konstantin grcic took samples from the rear-window cut-outs from the production lines of convertible car soft-top roofs. he was inspired by their raw nature and organic, round-edged forms which he successfully showcases on the final design. ‘with our bag SOFTOTE, one can see the source material very clearly, as we left the cut-outs “as is”. the cut-outs of those windows, which have really beautiful forms, were brought together to build an as simple as possible bag,’ comments the berlin-based designer.

konstantin grcic - SOFTOTE - verdeq

 

 

what’s beautiful about the SOFTOTE is its obvious and forefront simplicity. just by looking at it, you can even understand how it was constructed — two fabric cut-outs of different color and shape are laid on top of each other, then folded, sewn together, next to a bottom and the handles. the raw cut edges of the materials were left intact, recalling the original material source.

konstantin grcic - SOFTOTE - verdeq

 

 

‘I wanted to show verdeq’s core idea, the idea to build bags out of industrial cast-off material, convertible soft top fabric surplus, more clearly,’ grcic concludes. ‘our bag is a vehicle to tell the story of this brand and its commitment to ecological concerns and material efficiency.’

konstantin grcic - SOFTOTE - verdeq

konstantin grcic - SOFTOTE - verdeq

konstantin grcic - SOFTOTE - verdeq

konstantin grcic upcycles convertible car soft-top roofs into SOFTOTE bag for verdeq

konstantin grcic upcycles convertible car soft-top roofs into SOFTOTE bag for verdeq

konstantin grcic upcycles convertible car soft-top roofs into SOFTOTE bag for verdeq

konstantin grcic upcycles convertible car soft-top roofs into SOFTOTE bag for verdeq

konstantin grcic upcycles convertible car soft-top roofs into SOFTOTE bag for verdeq

konstantin grcic upcycles convertible car soft-top roofs into SOFTOTE bag for verdeq

 

 

project info:

 

name: SOFTOTE

designer: konstantin grcic

company: VERDEQ

versions: black — grey, black — red, black

price: 160 euros