‘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.

 

 

mathieu lehanneur + david edwards: pumpkin 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.

 

 

mathieu lehanneur + david edwards: pumpkin components of the shoulder bag

 

 

mathieu lehanneur + david edwards: pumpkin detail of zipper on the shoulder bag

 

 

mathieu lehanneur + david edwards: pumpkin 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.

mathieu lehanneur + david edwards: pumpkin 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.

 

 

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

 

 

mathieu lehanneur + david edwards: pumpkin ‘pumpkin’ on display at le laboratoire