A Fairly Indulgent Retrospective: Bag to Differ

72Smalldive_Bag_To_Differ   “...I find handbag size is interesting in another way. Recently I have realised that powerful women carry... small bags ...” Vanessa Friedman, Financial Times journalist. There is a rationale behind Ms. Friedman’s observation. With a busy lifestyle, as a ‘powerful’ woman would imagine to lead, impedance to accomplishing tasks is least tolerated. The motivation behind design is to create solutions; in fact designs that are efficient and/or empowering are often designs that endure over time. Without saying, the lady handbag should not serve to impede. Bag to Differ is another collection created within the Materialimmateriali project, an initiative to reflect on the various contexts influencing our views on the materiality of materials and how these views impact the design of a product. Asymmetrical, decisively concise, and handcrafted, Bag to Differ is a compact handbag –wallet. The interior of this bag contains slots and compartments for bank notes and cards, thereby ‘de‐necessitating’ the need for a wallet and a bag for occasions where additional weight over one’s shoulder is non‐grata. Bag to Differ, which sounds like the expression ‘beg to differ’,is chosen as a call to celebrate the assertiveness of the women in all walks of life. Bag to Differ was also featured in DesignandDesign 2008, as one of the ‘award winner’ as Product of the Day. DesignandDesign is a design catalogue published annually by Agence Marc Praquin.

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