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pic-pac

Classic brown-bag lunches with style

 

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Year
2016

Duration
5 weeks

Keywords
Material Experimentation, Emotive Design, Cuir Bouilli

 

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.

 


 

Challenge

The challenge was to upcycle a sheet material by experimenting its properties and to design a sustainable product with added value.

 
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The European footwear industry produces in excess of 1 billion pairs of footwear each year ... this process generates 100,000 tonnes of leather waste, most of which is disposed of by landfill or incineration.
— LIFE Programme, European Commission

 

Research and Insights

Material 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.

 
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Soaking in Acid and Base

Vegetable tanned leather didn't react actively and its texture remained almost the same.

 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 

 

Development

 
 
 
 

I then combined this with the emotive concepts and connotations people associate with the material - warmth, comfort, cows, sustenance.

 

Outcome

The result was pic-pac, a functional object born in the connection between the user’s emotionality and the material’s physicality.

 
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