Take up the familiar, give it further thought and add something new: A collaborative project between Saskia and Stefan Diez, the “Papier” series is an experiment in revising the classical typology: the two designers have pointed out the basic requirements to a travel bag – durability, protection and light weight – and sought for an appropriate material other than the traditional choices of leather and reinforced textiles. The “Papier” bags are made of Tyvek®, a synthetic paper that is extremely lightweight – 135g for the bigger and 115g for the smaller bag – but at the same time exceptionally robust, both water- and tear-proof. The material is completely recyclable. Apart from that, one will appreciate the high-end finishes applied to such seemingly banal material as paper. Silkscreen printing techniques gives it a particularly attractive look.
The bags weigh approximately 130 grams and can carry more than 35 kilos. When used normally the bags have a lifetime of several years and wrinkle in the course of time. PAPIER has been produced in Germany since 2009 and can be purchased for approximately 95€ in various colours and sizes.
The idea for the PAPIER bags emerged when we were responsible for the art direction of Authentics in 2008. Searching for characteristics that break with traditional ideas about material and processes, we experimented with the resilient synthetic paper Tyvek® made by Dupont.
Paper was interesting for us because it is ephemeral and usually only plays a supporting role as a means to an end. When the cooperation with Authentics failed, Saskia and I brought the bag collection to a conclusion on our own and launched it for SASKIADIEZJEWELLERY.
A1 A2 for Authentics was an experimental project of extremely lightweight bags made of the synthetic paper Tyvek®. Tyvek® is durable, water-resistant as well as dirt-proof. After intense use, A1 A2 can be recycled like a standard disposable PE shopping bag. A1 A2 was in production 2008.