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Advanced Product Design, Spring 2019

Future of Luggage

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Bent Wood Luggage in Collaboration with TUMI

Based on client challenge to conceptualize luggage for the future of travel in 5, 10 or 100 years, I looked to the future of travel to understand how luggage should change to fit these. With travel ease increasing rapidly, the TUMI clientele is younger, and on the go. 

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Leg splints, Charles and Ray Eames

This concept draws from one of the most recognizable moments in furniture, mid-century modern, by utilizing its materials and manufacturing techniques.

In this hyper-connected future, luggage becomes furniture we travel with, able to make travel spaces home. Luggage then should provide comfort with organic, familiar materials and forms to people immersed in a fast-paced, technology driven environment. 

The front panel expands out to give the user the extra space needed to fit the travel gear inside. 

PROTOTYPING

I took a physical approach to ideation through experimenting with manufacturing techniques and processes to explore the physical solution space. First decision in this design process was to identify materials. Wood was selected  as it lies in the intersection of concern for sustainability and fluid design with soft forms. In making the shell, I studied mold making and shaping wood with only water, without adhesives. In internal panels, I started with a traditional bridge-like trusses to increase strength and cut weight, but then moved on to more organic shapes with similar properties. 

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The wood panels sandwich a single piece of fabric that forms the flex panel, hinge and handle.  

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