2020 / / Professional

UN/LIMITED

  • Company
    Kuan-hua Chou, Taiwan
  • Lead Designer
    Kuan-hua Chou
  • Project Link
  • Other credit
    Filmmaker: Hiroki Yokoyama

UN/LIMITED (U/L) is a fully waterproof and size adjustable backpack tailored to the needs of an urban slow cyclist. It can both expand to accommodate unexpected items and compress to keep the backpack streamlined to allow for better mobility. Following the design philosophy for 'design of reduction', the backpack is sealed by heat welding and made of mono-material DuPont Hytrel, or similar recyclable thermoplastic elastomers with different levels of hardness. This feature is in stark contrast to the backpacks on the market today, which are multi-material and hard to recycle.

Bio
Kuan-hua Chou is an industrial designer from Taiwan, also an alumna of the Design Products program at the Royal College of Art in London. Chou is fascinated by the design process of products as well as its system. She considers design as a medium to explore the world and believes that communication and decision making among users, designers and manufacturers are equally important. Hope the good collaboration will inspire and benefit our society and environment.

Other prizes
Core77 Design Awards, MUSE Design Awards, INDUSTART International Industrial Design Award, London International Creative Competition

Photo Credit: Kuan-hua Chou
Credits: Filmmaker: Hiroki Yokoyama