The articulated Bao Bao bag, a masterpiece for architects and designers, has been recently re-designed with an assortment of new colours and shapes, including arrows, circles and lighting bolts. The Chord Collection, by the Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake‘s Bao Bao brand, is the first to depart from the classic tessellating triangular structure used since the design debuted in 2000.
As well as the original triangles, the bags feature various interlocking geometric shapes, including the lightning bolts and arrows. But circles sit inside an otherwise empty square within the pattern. The PVC panels mounted onto the fabric mesh underlayer of the bag cause it to take on different shapes as it is used.
Sharp outlines are crafted from fine materials and accented with standout pattern detailing. The design of the Bao Bao Issey Miyake collection builds on the concept of ‘accidental’ shape, from where handbags come to life boasting a functional flexibility. The series features not only brand’s iconic triangular pieces, but also round, square, arrows and lightning bolt details, which have never before been used in the brand’s collections.
The design is a continuation of Miyake’s experiments with fabric, vinyl and construction, with the idea that the more rigid triangles would create “shapes made by chance” when the bags are moved or placed on surfaces. It features a flexible functionality, perfect for busy modern lifestyles.