After sketching, re-sketching and even more sketching, I’ve finally started to translate some of my ideas from the 2D drawing board into the 3D world.

As previously discussed the Space In A Case design will consist of a series of 4/5 vintage cases on a single theme.  These can either be utilised individually or as a complete set to provide an experiential environment for people engage in social communications.

As such each case will contain different items to create a theme or experience.  Each item needs to be held in place, so that the objects don’t move in transportation, but also to create compulsory engagement in order to access the objects and release them from their holding containers.

I’ve started to experiment with different materials to identify which is most mailable and practical for the a consistent design.

Cardboard is practical, lightweight and can be manipulated into different shapes.  However, it is also easily damaged and lacks resilience over time.

Wood will create hard wearing compartments, but has many limitations.   It is difficult to manipulate, will add significant weight to each case and requires numerous elements to create each ‘pocket’.

Foam as so far been the most appropriate material I have tested.  It is easy create snug fitting cut-outs to hold various objects and shapes.  A thick piece of foam would also enable double sided storage, with battery packs and other ‘workings’ being hidden on the underside of the foam.

Foam however, does have a significant limitation in that it is difficult to add brand imagery.  In the images above I have used fabric, which could be screen printed with relevant messaging, but it is difficult to gain a ‘perfect fit’.

With further experimentation the resultion might be to use a combination of different materials.  Foam to provide the ‘holding’ compartments, but lids made from bolsa wood or vinyl which could be printed with relevant imagery.