Rimowa has unearthed a style from its archives. The high-end luggage company, famous for its aluminum suitcases, collaborated with contemporary artist Daniel Arsham to revisit its cases from the 1950s. It takes after Arsham’s “Future Relic,” a series he began in 2013 that reimagines antiquated objects—boom boxes, polaroid cameras, and cassette tapes—as eroding casts made of volcanic ash, sand, or selenite.
The alterations make mundane items from the near past look like they were recently excavated, as if they were brought back from the future. “I have engaged in a body of work over the past ten years that aims to dislocate a viewer from a particular moment in time,” he says. “All of the fictional archeological objects allow viewers to float in time.”