For the design I was inspired by origami folding. As our customers were asking for a new laundry item which should be nice but not expensive, I was looking for a way to use textile fabric and relinquish a metal rack. In this case I tested several ways to get a sturdy textile.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Achieving the extensive pleating featured here is down to a combination of special cutting technique and sophisticated workmanship. The laundrybags firm upright stand is thanks to skilfully set seams and to the double walled structure of the textile used. This sturdiness allows you to fill the laundrybag using both hands without it losing its form. By doing without the usual frame, the laundrybag boasts an innovative aesthetic that, as sales figures show, has proven highly appealing.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The laundrybag comes flat packed. It gets in position very easy by flapping down the inner bottom. By pulling a larger strap through a smaller one, you can close the laundrybag while at the same time creating a sturdy handle with which to carry it. The two straps on the sides serve as additional colourful touches.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 2016 in Muenster, Germany, and finished in August 2016 in Ningbo, China.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The laundry bag is out of folded and sewed polyester fabric, it also contains a PP board to reinforce the bottom, and 8 thin fibresticks to support the shape.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
- version L 440 x 260 x 650 mm,
- version M 390 x 190 x 485 mm
laundry hamper, laundry bag, laundry collector, laundry container, storage tote, storage bag
The requirement was, to create the next new home product with its typical reisenthel features:
Easy, clever, useful, also available for low costs, producible under simple conditions but with a new, unique and unmistakable young design. As laundry products are mostly used in bathrooms, I tried to find a solution which has a decorative outlook but also operates in small rooms and corners. Therefor I wanted to create a slightly flexible shape, which allows to put in on slim spaces. It should work without stiff metal frames but with firm upright stand. For the retailer it was important to have a flat shape, easy to send and store.
The hardest part of this design activity was to work out production possibilities. First we had to handle unusual big pieces of fabric. It was very difficult to cut the fabric, storing the cuts and working with them on the small sewing machine tables. How to do the folding in handiwork but although in an exact and steady quality was tricky to find out.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Designer: Katja Horst and Assistant: Wiebke Uppenkamp
main image: Photographer Johann Cohrs, 2016, laundrybag
Image 1-4: Photographer Johann Cohrs, 2016, variations
EUIPO registered design no. 003667716