Meet The Face Behind

URBANA SACS

A BRIKA maker story

Carolina Tombolesi

LOS ANGELES, CA
"True craft is the ability to see the possibilities of what can be more than what is."
“Good design is the perfect balance of refreshingly obvious and surprisingly fresh.”

“I like organizational simplicity, which I incorporate into each piece with the same precision that I do with my buildings. ”


“Purpose is the foundation of good design. Objects should be just as appealing in function as they are in form.”


“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.”

The three things make me happiest in the world…

Family. Nature. Imagining. 

Three books that inspire me:

The Skin of Culture. The Virtue of Selfishness. Pleasantville.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An actress. Because acting is like molding clay, it allows us to expand our minds through role-playing.


“Making handmade goods communicates with our hearts as much as our heads.”
PRODUCTS BY URBANA SACS
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