marcel wanders on luggage design for fabbrica pelletterie milano
 
marcel wanders on luggage design for fabbrica pelletterie milano marcel wanders on luggage design for fabbrica pelletterie milano
oct 15, 2011

marcel wanders on luggage design for fabbrica pelletterie milano

‘saint-jacques’ by marcel wanders for fabbrica pelleterie milano

 

 

 

designboom talks with dutch designer marcel wanders about ‘saint-jacques’, his collection of suitcases for italian luggage and bag company fabbrica pelleterie milano (read more about ‘saint-jacques’ in this designboom article).

 

the functional needs of a suitcase are among the most demanding of common objects, and wanders reflects on the need, in collaboration with fabbrica pelleterie milano, to consider values as diverse as the range of aesthetic approaches of individuals, the material demands of traveling, and increasingly stringent airline size and weight restrictions. as a result, the series of trolleys features smooth-rolling silicon wheels and is composed of a highly lightweight but rigid material, whose rounded, three-dimensional surface makes dents and scratches less visible and eases the removal of stickers.

marcel wanders with ‘saint-jacques’ small trolley in milan, october 2011

 

 

 

marcel wanders: ‘durability has been a key factor all my life and I think especially for suitcases it’s something of importance. it is why I try to bring inside the object my respect for old things and my respect for new things and combine them. there is nothing which grows old more fast than the new. and it is the reason why I am building inside objects old metaphors, which makes an object resistant to ‘new old metaphors’, like a scratch, so it is able to grow old more gracefully.‘

 


marcel wanders discusses the importance of surface in his design, and in the contemporary need to rethink ‘newness’
video © designboom

 


marcel wanders discusses the need to design with the diverse approaches of individuals in mind
video © designboom

 

 

 

transcription of video above:‘I would like to make objects that are meaningful for as many possible different people. so if I make an object, I do study the visual quality and the meaning, I do study the rational quality and meaning, I do study the tactile and the emotional quality and meaning of things, to make sure that for everybody there’s something inside that is meaningful and valuable and something they can read as a part of their world and they feel connected to it. and I think with most of my objects, in a sense sometimes I’m looking to find ways [for me] to connect to other areas.‘

‘saint-jacques’ image © designboom

 

top view, saint-jacques image © designboom

 

detail view, saint-jacques image © designboom

 

  • It is interesting to see how he interprets and tries to make objects that can develop patina.
    Whether or not he succeeds.
    He is stamping this same motif through every project right now, from KLM cutlery to blah.

    bob says:
  • I actually really quite like it, the colour contrast and all. and I think what he says is interesting, about “there is nothing which grows old faster than the new” and how you have to think about that in design.

    Odelia says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
492,670 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample