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Going Somewhere? You May Want To Take This Backpack & Suitcase Furniture With You

Next month at the 2010 Milan international furniture show (Salone Internationale del Mobile), there will be at least two sofas designed like backpacks - in heavy fabric with zippered pockets and even pencil cases. 

Though others have designed furniture in suitcase form, perhaps the Quinze & Milan sofa design for backpack company, Eastpak, is the only sofa, so far, that unmistakeably draws its inspiration from a backpack. 

 

Built To Resi(s)t Sofa, designed by Quinze & Milan for EastpakBuilt To Resi(s)t Sofa, designed by Quinze & Milan for Eastpak

 

Built To Resi(s)t Sofa, designed by Quinze & Milan for EastpakBuilt To Resi(s)t Sofa, designed by Quinze & Milan for Eastpak

 

Maarten De Ceulaer, Belgian designer, created this travel wardrobe for his graduation project at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2008.  It's called A Pile of Suitcases....

 

A Pile of Suitcases by Maarten de CeulaerA Pile of Suitcases by Maarten de Ceulaer

 

A Pile of Suitcases by Maarten de CeulaerA Pile of Suitcases by Maarten de Ceulaer

 

For Dutch Design Week 2009, Erik De Nijs designed a set of suitcases, Suited Case, that could be arranged together and used as a couch when not traveling with them.  Great for sleeping at the airport between flights.

 Suited Case by Erik De NijsSuited Case by Erik De Nijs

 

Catch the fabrics used for the suitcase covers... very homey and cozy.  Nice wheels too, that double as sofa legs.

 

Suited Case by Erik De NijsSuited Case by Erik De Nijs

 

Suited Case by Erik De NijsSuited Case by Erik De Nijs

 

And at Design Miami, 2009, Dutch designer Lotty Lindeman built a fabulous array of hanging cabinets, called Tassenkast, that can be used as suitcases.

 

Tassenkast by Lotty LindemanTassenkast by Lotty Lindeman

 

Tassenkast by Lotty LindemanTassenkast by Lotty Lindeman

 

Tassenkast by Lotty LindemanTassenkast by Lotty Lindeman

 

If you always wanted to be ready to go at a moments notice, these traveling furniture designs should give you some reassurance that it can be done.

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