Future Bags

  • 17-04-2018 until 12-08-2018

    ‘Future Bags’, an exhibition at The Museum of Bags and Purses, will be held from 17 April through 12 August 2018. To create this show, a group of young designers from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK) were assigned to design ‘the bag of the future’. To achieve this, the students had to consider new forms of function, interaction and social identity. What new materials and technologies would be available by the year 2050? Although natural and eco-friendly plastics are commonly used today, the future is sure to offer new alternatives. Will hyperconnectivity mean the disappearance of bags altogether? Will our bodies themselves become ‘the bag’? Visitors to ‘Future Bags’ will get an incredible glimpse into the future as based on drawings, video clips, research into materials, and prototypes.


    The bag is bound to continue its development; for this reason, the museum provides not only a cultural historic interpretation of the bag but also serves another important purpose: to indicate new designs, applications, materials and production techniques. The Museum of Bags and Purses is also committed to stimulating young designers and to offering a platform for new talent.


    One of the designs for Future Bags by the KABK students


    Global water scarcity

    Global water scarcity is a problem we will have to conted with in future. Having safe drinking water will be of vital importance. The ‘Bag as a Home’ was designed as a solution for this problem since it can be used to provide you with your own water supply. After all, a human body produces around 2000 ml of urine a day, 90% of wich is water. This bag filetrs urine to produce drinking water. It’s even completely integrated into the shape of the body, similar to an ostomy appliance. By filtering your own urine, you can be supplied with the average quantity of water you need for a day you will never be dehydrated.


    Technology, hyperconnectivity and fashion


    For six months, students at the KABK worked in small teams to create prototypes, services or installations. As guidelines, they were asked to consider certain factors: technology, interaction, hyperconnectivity and fashion.



    What new materials and technologies could be available by the year 2050? Today’s designers are increasingly working with natural materials and considering sustainable processes. A good example of this is the development of various eco-friendly plastics. Both the design and production process of the future bag may also involve changes. Who knows? In the future, we might buy an open source file to use as a blueprint, allowing us to use 3D technologies to print our bag for every new occasion.



    Will we still need bags to carry around by 2050 , or will they have disappeared in a world of AI and hyperconnectivity? Will our own body have become ‘the bag’? In times of water shortages, your bag might actually serve as an essential extension of yourself and a real part of your body that regulates bodily fluids (organic jewellery).



    What kinds of fashion statements will people make in 2050? How will people use a bag to display their status? A bag made of organic material that’s now considered distasteful might serve as a statement against vanity in the future.


    ‘Future Bags’, an exhibition in collaboration with the KABK, will be on display in The Museum of Bags and Purses from 17 April through 12 August.



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