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Built to Resi(s)t

Eastpak partners with Quinze & Milan for a line of sofas with pockets

by Laura Neilson in Design on 02 June 2010

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As backpacks continue to trend as popular accessories this season, the classic brand Eastpak is carving an entirely new path for itself. Its latest collaboration with avant-garde furniture label Quinze & Milan is a collection of rather sporty furniture pieces appealing more to the desire to sit still rather than hike a mountain.

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The special-edition, Built to Resi(s)t Collection, unveiled earlier this year at Milan's furniture fair consists of a series of lightweight multi-pocketed furniture units that hold books, magazines, remote controls, laptops—anything—in their variously-sized pouches. While Eastpak's no stranger to joint projects with other designers and brands, this marks the company's first cross-disciplinary partnership to produce a product beyond shoulder-slingers.

Though the collection isn't available for sale yet, the first models off the production line will be the "Club Sofa 01" and the "Primary Pouf 2," a love seat and an ottoman respectively, fashioned in the form of classic Quinze & Milan designs. They'll feature an assortment of different colors and prints, as well as fabrics—from Eastpak's classic textured nylon to a shinier leather-like material.

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Quinze & Milan, a Belgian company, is known for its boundary-pushing approach to design based on challenging consumers to look at furniture as atmospheric components rather than a solitary objects. This collection certainly meets those expectations—both in design and by redefining our expectations of iconic brands and their products.

For more information, go to Eastpak's website.

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