What underlies the project is a botanical survey, and more specifically a study of the cypress fruit: the small spherical pinecones are characterised by a hidden soul, on which raised scales seem to float, as plates of a wooden armour separated by thin gaps. This spurred the idea of using round shapes, almost suspended over an inner volume, that reminds of the structure of a pinecone.
“The two overlapping layers create a depth effect” – the designer esplains – “and the clutch is reinforced by this gentle elastic armour, a sort of exoskeleton made possible by the versatility of the 3-D printed.” The delicate outer armour, thanks to the system of protruding plates, hides the opening, fitted with a handy magnet-based system: thus, the clutch – wholly made of sintered nylon – looks like a perfect shell, a small ripe fruit that turns into a woman’s accessory with a strong aesthetical impact.
A thin chain completes the bag, allowing it to be used also as a shoulder bag.
Design : Odo Fioravanti
Producer : Maison 203