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The leather Suitcase collection was inspired by the designer's great passion for travelling and exploring the world. Towers and asymmetric compositions are made of suitcases and briefcases in precious leathers created by Maarten De Ceulaer, in a close collaboration with one of the most renowned leather artisans in Belgium, Ralph Baggaley. The craftsmanship and detailing is simply sublime and calls for instant admiration. These pieces, though colourful and playful, evoke luxurious and sophisticated atmospheres, but at the same time they carry the dynamic vibe of modern nomads, that travel trough cities and continents without restrictions or boundaries.
Maarten De Ceulaer (1983) was born in Belgium, started his design education at the Sint-Lukas Hogeschool in Brussels. Attracted by conceptual and narrative design, he continued his studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven. His graduation project 'A Pile of Suitcases' was immediately picked up and caught international attention for the highly evocative, poetic and playful touch De Ceulaer gives his objects.He uses his work to tell stories, to stir people's emotions, to tickle their imagination or to make them wonder. A project can result from an observation of society, a reaction on something that crosses his path, but is mostly the expression of a very personal thought or feeling he wants to communicate. He continuously explores new materials and investigates in and plays with production techniques and crafts. The emotional and narrative aspect of objects is equally important for him as the functional.His works have been awarded and nominated, featured in major international design publications and have been exhibited at galleries, museums, festivals and fairs worldwide.
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wall of suitcases
chest of suitcases
low chest of suitcases