Samsonite Design & Development Team (Diego Recchia), Belgium
In a globalised world, air travel has become part of the everyday life of many people. The Lite-Biz luggage collection is primarily targeted at modern business travellers. Its design was heavily influenced by architecture and the automotive industry. This cabin bag combines a functionality that suits the world in which it will be used with an appearance of strength and robustness. Rectilinear ribs on the front of the case give it the necessary structure and, in conjunction with the contrasting angled ribs on the sides, ensure a high level of resilience. Of particular interest to frequent travellers is the integrated external pocket on the front, which provides easy access to travel documents and other personal belongings. The design of this area has been maximised to offer as much space as possible by making good use of the height axis and the axis towards the front. The cabin bag is also equipped with an innovative single-point TSA-approved locking system, making it possible to open and close the front and main compartment with just one touch. In order to withstand the daily stresses to which it is exposed, the suitcase is extremely hard-wearing and its large, smooth-running double wheels also make it very easy to manoeuvre. The design of Lite-Biz has focused on the requirements of airport use and has resulted in a luggage collection that seamlessly fits in with the mobility of today’s everyday life and enhances it with its aesthetic appeal.
Statement by the jury
»Lite-Biz is an elegant item of cabin-size luggage that has followed a consistent design concept in every respect. It is extremely light, hard-wearing and convenient for the long stretches most travellers have to cover in the airport. Its smooth-running double wheels ensure it can easily be manoeuvred into any direction. One of its winning functional details is its perfectly constructed outer pocket. This gives travellers immediate access to their travel documents or laptop without having to open the suitcase.«