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Joris de Groot investigates existing production processes in local small factories and then designs a product accordingly. He produces beautifully light and sturdy bags in a factory making protective clothing for fishermen and farmers thereby giving them new insights and opportunities! And at the same time creates new products from existing processes, machines and materials.

Basic shopper bag

What makes this special?

Water proof bags for heavy rain

Bags are made from PVC plastic with canvas inside so that extremely strong and light

Very easy

to clean

Innovating traditional

industrial processes

and materials

Available colors:

       Soft green

       Shiny Black



Size: 31 x 65 x 21 cm

Weight: 475 gram

Pocket: for cell phone and keys 23 x 13 cm


Material: PVC (one layer), foam, PVC zipper


Technique: high-frequency welding


Available colors:

       Mint green



Size: 40 x 59 x 21 cm

Weight: 500 gram


Material: PVC wire, PVC, Foam, Bottom

of bag is waterproof


Technique: high-frequency welding


Care instructions for cleaning

All bags - PVC: water or refined petrol

And for the Crease folding bag Leather: leather polisher




Basic shopper bag

Inspired by a normal shopping bag.


Available colors:

       Soft green

       Shiny Black



Size: 45 x 40 x 16 cm

Weight: 400 gram

Pocket: for cell phone and keys

10 x 10 cm


Material: PVC (one layer), foam,

PVC button


Technique: high-frequency welding


Care instructions: for cleaning use water or refined petrol




Sports / travel bag


The Crease folding summer bag

Available colors:

       Mint green



Size: 42 x 36 x 18 cm

Weight: 150 gram

Pocket: 10 x 10 cm


Material: strong PVC wire as used for

gardening chairs and leather


Technique: high-frequency welding


Beach summer bag

The Designer - Joris de Groot

Joris de Groot blends industrial techniques with modern Dutch design and in

the process looks how to use existing production capacity and materials for new a purpose. Joris studied product design at the Arnhem school for arts for 4 years and graduated in 2013. Prior to that I studied industrial design for 4 years.


“My philosophy is to use existing Dutch factories and their processes and under used capacity to make completely different products with the same production techniques and materials. I use the factory as my own workshop and I use their machines to make new things and they learn new possibilities with their production facilities. I search and investigate and visit factories to present my approach. First I investigate the factory and then decide what to design on

the premises!”

Joris de Groot

the designer

A craftsman innovating traditional industry

As a traditional craft orientated product designer I strive to find innovation within the industry. I was always fascinated about production and I designed machines and then a product. However this took a lot of time and investment to make the machines. I then decided to use existing production facilities and the hidden techniques that could be applied to design, utilize spare capacity and even waste materials and at the same time bring new insights and opportunities to the industry.


For my last collection I collaborated with Dolfing Druten, a family company that has been existence in the east of the Netherlands for 50 years. They normally produces work clothes for farmers and fishermen, rain gear and waterbeds. They work with all kinds of PVC material which they process using a high-frequency welding technique. I experimented with

the machines and found that bags that needs flexibility and waterproof fitted well with the production techniques. I designed

a series of bags in which I create volume by placing and welding certain folds in the bottom or sides of the bag. Besides producing and creating volume, this technique presents also provides visual details.


Materials - PVC plastics

PVC is extremely waterproof and similar and cheaper than leather. It is the third most popular used plastic.


However there is also discussion on whether PVC is safe especially for children’s and young babies health and it has been removed by IKEA in all its wall papers, furniture and textiles.


PVC differs from many plastics in that its production not only involves oil but also contains salt, which is available in abundance. Recycled PVC is broken down into small chips, impurities removed, and the product refined to make pure white PVC. It can be recycled roughly seven times and has a lifespan of around 140 years.


Process - High frequency welding technique

Certain plastics such as PVC can be heated with high frequency electromagnetic waves. This welding is used to connect PVC fabrics where a strong consistent leak-proof seal is required. Two pieces of material are placed on a table press that applies pressure to both surface areas. Dies are used to direct the welding process. When the press comes together, high frequency waves (usually 27.120 MHz) are passed through the small area between the die and the table where the weld takes place.


Folding technique from flat to 3D.


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