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1993

  • Work on this object began.

2004

  • Work on this object ended.

2015

2018

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Zip Bags, 1993–2004

This is a Zip Bags. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Thomas Heatherwick and made for (as the client) Longchamp. It is dated 1993–2004. Its medium is zipper, leather, textile.

How can you make objects out of long pieces of zipper?
Discovering as a student that it was possible to buy a 656-foot-long roll of continuous zipper, Heatherwick began researching ways to use this material to make three-dimensional objects. The studio produced various bags, vessels, and even a dress before approaching Longchamp, the French handbag company, about collaborating. The resulting design incorporates strips of fabric between the toothed edges of the zipper so that the bag could double its size when unzipped. The Longchamp Zip Bag, which began as an experiment in 1993, was retailed worldwide in 2004 and became a bestseller.

It is credited Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.

  • Paper House, 2005
  • steel, wood, brass, glass.
  • Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
  • HSP.15

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (largest): 45.7 × 35.9 × 14.1 cm (18 in. × 14 1/8 in. × 5 9/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.

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