Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects: News and Events
Fast Company Blog Features SAIC Alumnus’s Ingenious Parachute Bag
September 21, 2012—On September 15, Co.Design—a popular blog affiliated with Fast Company magazine (circ. 746,300)—featured an ingenious bag designed by recent SAIC alumnus Michael Pappas (BFA 2012). Constructed with lightweight parachute fabric and stabilized by carbon fiber tubes, The Chute “is designed to fold in on itself like a parachute—in reverse.” When empty, the user pulls an aluminum handle located on the shoulder strap, activating a silnylon ripcord and compressing the bag into a small rectangle. Pappas’s design debuted this spring in the SAIC exhibition Whatnot at the Milan International Furniture Fair. At $83, he hoped The Chute would “provide a little antidote to the astronomically expensive objects typically shown at the fair.” The design’s success has led to extended sales via NYC’s thefutureperfect.