Playing with Shapes — ECCO Geometrik

How a designer from ECCO Accessories created the custom-made embossed pattern that adds an element of surprise to the ECCO GEOMETRIK bags.

While celebrated for its minimalism, Scandinavian design often takes you by surprise: the simple meets the unexpected. The ECCO GEOMETRIK group has clean, simple silhouettes inspired by the classic paper shopping bag, and from that simplicity comes much of their everyday elegance.

But look a little more closely and you'll see that these leather bags have a custom-made embossed pattern that introduces a geometrical dimension which adds depth, character and a distinctive feature. That original pattern, created by ECCO Accessories, is itself rooted in simplicity and the fundamentals of Scandinavian design — the starting point for the designers was the simple shapes of circles, squares and triangles.

For Solveig Gubser, a senior designer for ECCO Accessories, who created the pattern, inspiration often strikes when she switches from the two-dimensional world — sketching on paper — to the three- dimensional. "I get my best ideas when I just pick up some paper, start playing with it and folding it, creating shapes and details, without thinking too much. This experimental process offers much more to discover than just sketching on paper. I think it's the third dimension that gives me so many more ideas than when I'm just sketching and staying in the two-dimensional world. That is how the ECCO GEOMETRIK pattern was created."


"It struck us how the pattern added a new dimension to the leather surface."

Solveig Gubser, Senior Designer, ECCO Accessories

After cutting circles, squares and triangles out of paper and leather, Solveig played with them in the studio, folding and stacking them until she found a pattern as 'eye-catching' as it was unique that would add 'an element of surprise' to the ECCO GEOMETRIK bags.

"The pattern creates a kind of geometrical depth and is surprising and refreshing at the same time," says Solveig. "When we embossed leather for the first time with the pattern we liked it so much that we wanted to see the pattern on a bag. I knew immediately that this would look great on a bag, and that people would love it. It struck us how the pattern added a new dimension to the leather surface that makes a simple bag interesting and unique. Together, my colleague and I created simple bag shapes to apply the pattern to."

Crafted from firm, rich leather from our own tanneries, the ECCO GEOMETRIK bags are a modern, luxurious expression of our Scandinavian heritage.