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With advances in three-dimensional printing, this future is already unfolding, says Kyttanen. Lost Luggage supplants the traditional “analog” suitcase with its 3D-printed equivalent: a weekender-type tote that contains a chain-handled purse, a convertible “4 in 1” dress, peep-toe wedge heels, several pieces of jewelry (including a rather formidable-looking knuckle-duster), a pair of sunglasses, driving gloves, and the Nooka watch, all churned out in a single operation, according to Kyttanen.

What if luggage became obsolete, an “antiquated thing of the past”?

Despite its futuristic vibe, Kyttanen’s collection has firm roots in the past—World War II, to be precise. “Without warning, soldiers from the Soviet army forced my grandparents from their home by gunpoint,” he says. “For years my mind has raced with the fear and bewilderment they must have felt abandoning their home and possessions. I’ve always thought, if you had to decide on an impulse what to take with you, then what would your luggage look like in order to accommodate what you couldn’t leave behind?”

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What if luggage became obsolete, he asked himself, an “antiquated thing of the past”?

Rapid prototyping wouldn’t just benefit people, it could also better the health of the planet, Kyttanen argues. “Most consumer products are still produced by an old-fashioned, a-century-old mass-production infrastructure, which equals to large stock, high manual labor, big investments, long-distance transportation, an army of employees,” he says. “Since the world is becoming ever more digital, decentralized, and connected, our approach on product development will change the world forever. People will be able to create their own products with great ease and will not need to be bound by the selection they can find in stores. As a result, the value for consumers will increase and waste will decrease.”

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Indeed this new ethos could even usher a new concept of ownership, he adds. “If products and design are distributed in the same way that images and music travel through the Internet today, how would our perception of those objects change?” he asks. “Will democratization of manufacturing eliminate the need for mass production, bringing production closer and closer to the consumer, regardless of their location and economic status?”

+ Lost Luggage at Galerie Vivid

+ Janne Kyttanen