A joint project between Swiss bag brand QWSTION and ECAL students of the
Master Product Design programme, exploring ways of carrying and using
the new sustainable and lightweight material CottonShell®. Ten
prototypes have been selected for display at QWSTION Lausanne from 22 to 30 June. Cocktail will be held on 21 June from 5pm.
In the project led by Christian Paul Kaegi, Swiss Designer and Creative Director at QWSTION, the sustainably produced CottonShell® was the starting point for an extensive research. CottonShell® has so far been used for clothing only and its unique construction makes it wa-ter-resistant without the use of any coating. Questioning the norm, using straightforward materials and integrating functionality in effortless ways are the core brand values of QWSTION which completed the brief.
«A good answer is the result of the right question. I think it’s a really important part of studying to keep questioning the status quo, of society, technology and their relation.» mentions Christian Paul Kaegi.
The student’s engagement with both the QWSTION brand as well as the new material resulted in interesting new ideas and concepts going beyond the ordinary: a scarf with hidden pockets aims to challenge airline staff, a new method of protecting contents inspired by bubblewrap makes for minimal carry, and a backpack with integrated rain coat tackles unpleasant weather surprises.
After previously being presented at Vienna Design Week the projects developed by the students will be exhibited in the hometown of ECAL, in Lausanne. From the 22nd to the 30th of June the ten prototypes can be experienced at Rue du Tunnel 7, in the future QWSTION Store which will officially open mid August.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10 – 7 pm Saturday 10 – 5 pm
Rue du Tunnel 7
The Traveller Scarf by ECAL/Catarina Pacheco & Sebastian Maluska. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
Rain Umbrella & Shoe Protection by ECAL/Youjung Jeong & Mu-Hau Kao. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
Four by Three by ECAL/Oscar Estrada & Ignacio Merino. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
Dot Dot Dot by ECAL/Alexandre Picciotto & Thomas Missé. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
Day Camera Bag by ECAL/Yesul Jang & Kohei Kojima. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
Big Fold by ECAL/Chelsea Park & Jakob Reuter. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche