I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. (Maya Angelou)
How brilliant is this concept by Hanemaai? Seriously? A choice of two portable objects for storage that have the double function of a suitcase and a personal ‘show ‘n’ tell’. You carry them with you or put them down as personal shelving. Best of all, they transport what you need, and show what you have chosen to take with you. In these days of accumulating less stuff (which I have yet to master), and living more simply and sustainably, this gorgeous design by Jolien Hanemaaijer has got to take the cake.
This project started from Jolien’s personal experience with extensive traveling and having to live out of one suitcase. She had to make choices about what to bring and what to leave behind. While making these choices was hard, it also allowed her to get rid of unnecessary things. In Jolien’s words, “the important and good items that you decide to bring are the objects that define your identity.” What would you choose?
The suitcases are made from bended beech, leather and metal. The objects kept in place by elastic bands that are pulled through small holes in the wooden frame. If you want to bring a lot of luggage, you simply adjust the elastics.
Home is where one starts from. (T.S. Eliot)
Jolien Hanemaaijer currently lives in the Netherlands. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague) with a degree in Textile Design, she started her own design company called Hanemaai. If you’d like to learn more about here fab’ designs (this is not the only one!), you can access her site here. She is definitely a designer to watch, I reckon!
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