I remember how I sported my Eastpak back in 7th grade: it was navy blue, and me and my friends had decorated with drawings and notes all over -it was the thing! I thought it looked cool, but really it wasn’t. When I realized, I swore never to wear a backpack again.
Then the shoulder bag took it’s turn in fashion, and all the way through high school I couldn’t walk straight up, due to my heavy books. I still have back problems from time to time – I blame fashion.
Then came some years, where I didn’t need to travel heavy, but when I started school again I had a problem. Did I really have to get a backpack again? I did! And a really boring laptop-friendly one, because backpacks were still not in fashion. But now the backpack is back, and there are many to choose from! I’ve gathered some of my favourite backpacks at the moment for you here – I’m especially hooked on Herschel’s and (never thought I’d say this again) Eastpak’s. Hook me up!
Due to time and money, we agreed from the beginning only to fix up the two living rooms before we moved in. That gave us about 9 working days (and nights) before moving day! Started off by spending a weekend pulling off many layers of old wallpaper. It’s an old building from 1906, and I’m not sure if some of the layers were that old, but we did come across some very nice (and very ugly) patterns. Holes were filled and walls were sanded – a job from hell that takes longer than you expect! We had the floors done – sanded and treated with lye and white soap. They look sooo beautiful now and makes the rooms look so bright. After my dad helped us putting up glass felt, we just needed to paint. Beautiful white walls! We ended up moving in a few days before the rooms were done, as it all took a bit longer than expected. But at least we did most of it ourselves, and that’s pretty cool I think..
After browsing a few months, we went to see one just before Christmas who fulfilled the most of our demands – size, prize and style-wise. We placed a bid, negotiated, and just after New Years we signed the deal to a four room apartment with great light-income and friendly neighbours! It all went very fast. I graduated late January, and February 1st we got the keys to our new home! It’s a dream come true to own our own place – didn’t honestly think it would happen within the next few years, but it did! h a p p y !
In November I wrote “I’ll be black” – guess it took a little longer than I expected. At that time, I pulled the plug to focus on my final assignment, so I wouldn’t stress out. I did anyway though.
On the pictures above you can see part of the product I designed. My focus was on how, through product-design, it would be possible to create awareness on the NGO Mother’s Aid, and the fact that so many children live in poverty. I’m not going to tell you the whole underlying story here, just show you the pictures of HUSLYS (houselight) – a multifunctional piece of furniture, that’s both a night light, storage and table in one. Do you like?
I actually won an award for my BA project – pretty good ending to my student career. Now I just need to find myself a job, but that’s another story…