Classic brown-bag lunches with style
Material Experimentation, Emotive Design, Cuir Bouilli
ChallengeThe challenge was to upcycle a sheet material by experimenting its properties and to design a sustainable product with added value.
Leather waste from factories
The European footwear industry … generates 100,000 tonnes of leather waste, most of which is disposed of by landfill or incineration.
LIFE Programme, European Commission
Research and InsightsMaterial experimentation to transform things that have lost value into objects with meaning. As experimenting with factory cutoffs that were destined for the rubbish bin, I discovered that this soft, natural textile called leather can be reformed and shaped to be sturdy, durable, and even geometric.
Soaking in Acid and Base
Vegetable tanned leather didn't react actively and its texture remained almost the same.
Boiling after making shallow cuts
After boiling scratched leather, I found the markations widened. This led me to make shallow cuts on leather in order to acheive geometrically interesting patterns.
Boiling and Moulding
By making deeper cuts, leather can be foldable. I incorporated boiling and folding techniques to make sturdy geometric shapes out of leather.
DevelopmentI then combined this with the emotive concepts and connotations people associate with the material - warmth, comfort, cows, sustenance.
OutcomeThe result was pic-pac, a functional object born in the connection between the user’s emotionality and the material’s physicality.
Pic-pac is a lunchbox that makes packing your lunch stylish and meaningful.
Made from vegetable-tanned leather and inspired by a milk carton, pic-pac gives off a mature aesthetic with echoes of nostalgia for those childhood brown-bagged lunches.
Pic-pac is a functional object born in the connection between the user’s emotionality and the material’s physicality.