“I like organizational simplicity, which I incorporate into each piece with the same precision that I do with my buildings. ”
While working at a large architecture company leading retail, entertainment and hospitality design projects, Carolina Tombolesi was tasked with handcrafting a porcelain espresso set from washable hide coasters. It was during this challenge that she discovered a unique, leather-like fabric made from recycled paper that could be molded and shaped with water. “I was so amazed by the clean look and diverse uses for the reclaimed material, I needed to get my hands wet – literally,” she said. This one-of-a-kind material would then become the foundation for Urban Sacs, both in its function, form and commitment to sustainability. Each sac is made of washable paper made through a process of cultivation, not deforestation, and handmade by a local craftsman.
Citing unusual materials as the source of inspiration, the incentive to found Urban Sacs came from Carolina’s desire to get back to hands-on design that connects with people on a personal level. “I truly believe that every female entrepreneur can reach her goals if she listens to her instincts, trusts those around her and speaks up – loudly – when it comes to following her passions while running a business.”