shanghai based designer, luke cardew, designs the ‘market trench’ using the red, white and blue market stall material found across china. the colors of the coat have been long known to represent liberty, equality and fraternity, but this project aims to create a closer relationship to transformation, urbanisation and nomadism under the theatrical developments of modern china. 100% waterproof, the ‘market trench’ makes a serious statement in addition to being a functional raincoat.
the designer in the first prototype, all images courtesy of luke cardew
cardew first encountered the material for this project back in 2008 in chengdu, when the earthquake emergency response project we set up. the material was being handed out by the chinese government as an immediate protection against the elements. returning to shanghai the designer noticed the ubiquitous use of this material, from market stall vendors, shop renovations to large scale construction sites, and started documenting the use of the material across china. the result was the ‘market trench‘. envisioned as a symbol of change, the raincoat began as more of an art project, however it is now being bought to provide protection from the weather.
the ‘market trench’ features a double zip so you can still ride your bike
xiao modelling one of the first ‘market trench’ prototypes
lilja and hugo in italy modelling the ‘market trench’
the ‘snake skin’ material being used to hide the interior of a shop renovation in shanghai
the material being used to mark out a clear zone
used to protect building materials at the side of the road
the original use of the material was for bags, people from hong kong would fill the bags with supplies when visiting their relatives in china
a local convince store in shanghai, every night he wraps the store up to protect it from the elements
the launch event at a store in shanghai run by oway from hong kong
vlad at sido, the first shop window redressed to launch ‘market trench’ into the world
project name: ‘the market trench’
design: luke cardew
edited by: lynne myers | designboom
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