Whenever travel looms on the horizon, you know you've had the dream: beat the agony of carrying luggage on the trip and mail it ahead to your final destination to await your arrival.
Finnish designer Janne Kyttanen is feeling you and to that end, offers a line of travel clothes and accessories made specifically to be 3D printed on demand when you arrive on site.
How nice would it be to have all your baggage exist only as lines of code until you need them? Very nice indeed. Kyttanen says the vision isn't as far out as it might seem.
"What if luggage was obsolete?" Kyttanen said. "How would this change our perception of travel? Send your luggage in an email. Travel the world unencumbered and arrive to find your luggage waiting for you."
The collection, entitled Lost Luggage, features the Le69 Handbag, a dress, pair of shoes, and accessories like what the designer calls a St. Tropez Cuff and even includes hipster essentials like driving gloves and sunglasses.
It might seem that more attention has been paid to female travelers, but it's not much of a stretch to imagine the collection expanded to service the most metrosexual males among us.
And imagine the convenience. No checked baggage fees. No time spent packing. And perhaps most attractive, the ability to email your luggage and clothing allowing you to stride comfortably through airports, Kindle in hand.
Kyttanen began his design studies at the Escola De Disseny, Elisave in Barcelona in 1996, and then moved to the Netherlands and graduated from The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Once he'd seen his first 3D printer at work back in the mid 90's, the designer says he "immediately saw every object around him in wireframe."
It was that introduction into the technology which led Kyttanen to envision a future "where products would turn into computer data and their distribution would be as easy as downloading music from the internet."
Kyttanen's work has been exhibited and integrated into permanent design collections at leading galleries and museums around the world such as those at MOMA, FIT, MAD and the Vitra Design Museum. His pioneering design work has been used by clients such as Hyundai, Asics, Autodesk, Havana Club, Nivea, NIKE, Rabobank, Philips and L'Oreal.
Kyttanen also serves as the Creative Director for 3D Systems, the largest 3D printing company in the world.
While Kyttanen's idea is still quite conceptual and probably not practical in the short term, there's no reason to believe is won't be adopted by hardcore travelers at some point down the line.