Perhaps one of the most iconic forefathers of minimal industrial design is Dieter Rams. Credited with a number of classic designs for Vitsoe and Braun, such as the 606 Universal Shelving System and PC 4 respectively, Rams distilled the “10 principles for good design”—a manifesto which has inspired countless designers since the 1980s.
Of the most resonating principles is “good design is as little design as possible” and while Rams conceived the notion for his craft, it applies to so much more. For me, this translates into an ideal mantra of packing. Whether it is an overnight, weekend, or week-long, excursion, abiding by Rams’ principal helps steer clear of the unnecessary.
Like any good design, a solid foundation must be laid. In this instance, that means luggage. Durable, agile, and stylish. Your suitcase should not fail you in times of need. For me, the small Kozmos carry-on in silver is exemplary. With a lightweight metal frame and Advanced PC cover, the timeless piece is near indestructible.
From there it’s just a matter of identifying your travel essentials. In terms of your wardrobe, take a page from another design visionary, Steve Jobs. A classic-cut pair of denims or trousers, a well fitted sweater, and casual shoes goes a long way. Build from there with basic items that are easily interchangeable like a white tee or oxford shirt. And depending on whether you’re flying to the Maldives or Faroe Islands (link to Faroe Islands article), don’t forget your weather appropriate wear—swimsuit or wool duffle coat?
Thanks to tight airport security and many cries across all terminals as full-sized beauty products are thrown out before clearing security, most brands from high-end to over-the-counter supply a travel friendly counterpart. Many like popular Australian skincare company Aesop sell ready-made travel kits with everything from shampoo to moisturizer to mouthwash. Make it even more effortless for yourself when it comes to airport security, keep liquids and your electronic devices somewhere easily accessible to take out and put back quickly.
With the basics down and only the necessities coming along in your Lojel collection, not only will you roll through airports with the confidence of a frequent-flyer but you’ll surely be making Dieter Rams proud too.
Written and photographed by Sheila Lam