naoki kawamoto: orishiki suitcase naoki kawamoto: orishiki suitcase
oct 26, 2010

naoki kawamoto: orishiki suitcase

‘orishiki suitcase’ by naoki kawamoto

working with the mechanism and principles of origami folding, japanese product designer naoki kawamoto has made a traveling suitcase with wheels which can fold out flat for flexibility and compactability. ‘orishiki suitcase’ features a hard, faceted shell that folds in on itself to create a three dimensional luggage piece. lined with a soft layer of patterned silk on the inside, the product features internet netting and belt, much like a conventional suitcase, to firmly hold its items in place.

the name, ‘orishiki’ is a hybrid japanese work of kawamoto’s own creation, pulling from ‘origami’ and ‘furoshiki’. furoshiki describes the wide usage a single large handkerchief can provide, such as aiding in carrying a heavy load, collectively gathering and moving small items, or simple wearing it as an item of clothing. ‘orishiki’, which consists of other products such as hand clutch and an eye glass case, aims to provide that same sense of versatility in its design.

‘orishiki suitcase’ is showing as part of the designtide exhibition during this year’s tokyo designer’s week


folded out prototype

production diagram

  • Yikes, I am not feeling this.

    ccc* says:
  • me neither

    erin says:
  • While I like the idea, given the images shown, it would appear to be an open space generator in aircraft holds as well as any other cargo storage area d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • I like it. It’s Stealthy…

    DaRkMyk says:
  • I love it! This is one of the best product design I saw this year.

    Patrick says:

    joanna says:
  • interesting concept, but not a very functional product. Some things have a very simple shape because they have to fit into small spaces…

    shinko says:
  • I mean…when this is unfolded, it is really easy to store. But when it comes to use the suitcase…

    shinko says:
  • j dont understand why do we need to unfold our suitcase…for saving space?perhaps only crowded place like jp and hk need that…

    seno says:
  • its the idea that counts …!!I love it …but I believe its has some way to go …some refining…

    kristinap says:

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