mathieu lehanneur + david edwards: pumpkin
mathieu lehanneur + david edwards: pumpkin mathieu lehanneur + david edwards: pumpkin
jan 11, 2011

mathieu lehanneur + david edwards: pumpkin

‘pumpkin’ by mathieu lehanneur + julien benayoun + david edwards images courtesy of mathieu lehanneur + julien benayoun + david edwards images © le laboratoire / mathieu lehanneur


french designer mathieu lehanneur along with harvard professor david edwards have created ‘pumpkin’, an object that carries water as it conforms to the needs of its user’s in both domestic and international aid situations.

the project was first developed by lehanneur and julien benayoun in ‘the lab at harvard’ in 2008 and has since seen several international teams come together to realize the proposal including le laboratoire, labogroup, and artscience prize. lehanneur was invited to finish the design of ‘the pumpkin’ at which time he began collaborating with edwards on the technical aspects of the water vessel.



the combined shoulder bag and water vessel



modeled after the biological cell, the container transports water in large or small volumes, expanding as necessary and filtering it if desired.

the vessel for everyday use is composed of two detachable parts that clip together to serve as a shoulder bag that holds up to one and a half liters of water while transporting personal items.



components of the shoulder bag



detail of zipper on the shoulder bag



detachable parts



when being used for sport, such as hiking, the object detaches from the bag and connects to other tubes that can hold between four and eight liters of water, encircling the user’s head or, like a rucksack, slinging around the back. when requiring large quantities, as in hard work or relief conditions, the container can hold up to fifteen liters of water around the shoulders and neck or torso.

clockwise from top left: 4 liters on the back; 8 liters on the head; 12 liters around the torso; 15 liters around the torso



‘pumpkin’ is part of a three year experiment focused in south africa. an international support group is set to help local inhabitants imagine new ways of transporting water, influenced by the principles of the water vessel, but also by local ingenuity and initiative. the container was produced for commercial sale in locations throughout the developed world in 2010 with profits directed towards the charity. continual experimentation is aimed at improving access to water in some of the harshest environments around the world.

the vessel is on show until january 30, 2011 at le laboratoire in paris, france.



collaborators david edwards + julien benayoun + mathieu lehanneur image © phaseonephotography



‘pumpkin’ on display at le laboratoire

  • Seems ingenious and handsome, if perhaps a bit leak-prone.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • maybe ingenious…but not very aesthetic!

    le mic says:
  • It looks like it’s been made of industrial air vent pipes. Quite surprised a harvard professor would put his name to that.

    slimjim says:
  • I think is very over engeneerd. love harryxx

    jh says:
  • A dirt trap ?

    kung says:
  • I cant imagine carrying 4L of water over my shoulder with that skinny strap for anything more than 10 minutes.

    Chris S says:
  • I wonder how long it would last under real world conditions, such as bacterial and mold growth, Ie., how do you keep it clean?

    rp says:
  • hmmm…Cleaning brush needed as sediment and bacteria may accumulate. Plastic may puncture. Metal ribbing may allow sterilizing. Agree that strap is too thin.

    What is weight of 4L? = 8.8 lbs.

    Cadsulting says:
  • Image driven project as usual with the pretence of caring about humanity issues.

    Skipel says:
  • Il y a sans doute un réel discours derrière son travail, discours intéréssant.
    Mais ici, la finalité est un exercice de style, un gadget à l’esthétique sur-étudiée… Le design de lehanneur m’a montré ses limites…

    CmonOpinion says:

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