Home in a Bag

Speculative Design


In the future, wars will be fought over water. Clean drinking water is the world’s most vital resource. Already, nations and corporations are establishing monopolies over its supplies.

Inevitably, this will yield new extremes in mass migration. Technology will soon provide long term solutions, overcoming the body’s natural limitations. A human excretes about 2000 ml of urine a day, 90% of which is water. Filtration can improve the waste to water ratio, by effectively re-using waste material. In an era of scarcity, storing and recycling will be crucial to survival. Improved medical technology will provide an efficiency boost to existing organs. Based on the existing concept of a stoma, an individual now can efficiently manage his/ her water balance.

History proves that wealth determines beauty standards. When only the rich could access an abundance of food, a slight chubbiness was sought after. In modern times, food quality is of concern, making a skinny body shape desirable. In the future, the accessibility to medical technology will determine the beauty standard. Individuals with a matured and taken in filtration system will display prestige and wealth. As an external storage can be easily removed from the body, only the bodys of the rich will have fully ingested it. At birth, however, all patients will be treated equal: a channel will be inserted into the umbilicus. Traditionally, this natural stoma is closed after birth. Keeping it open provides a suitable access to the water balance.


A group project with Diego Grandry and Lukasz Gula as a commission for the Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam. It was later carried on by Diego Grandry and Marie Cantenys and was presented at the Dutch Design Awards.





Renders by Diego Grandry, illustration by Marie Cantenys, text by me.