Air Brain Cell + Freudian Slip = A(i)rtefact attaché?
This idea evolved from my reaction to using the horizontal Freudian Slip with my Super Ego. I understand that the slip evolved from a vertical version for backpacks, an idea that had been a long time coming. The horizontal version is helpful to organize papers and files, but I've a few minor quibbles. There is a piece of foam inside and the slip is sewn around it to give the whole item form. I've been tempted to rip the stitch across the top and remove the foam to create a pocket . I thought one of your plastic file dividers could go in there for rigidity, and a zipper to close it back up, of course. Another thing about the slip is that although the organizer pockets are helpful they can be problematic to access when in a stuffed messenger bag.
So I started thinking about a folio kind of thing that would basically be like the slip turned inside out, with some additional details to make it more complete. It would be nice to hold a sketchbook or binder; if there was a pocket at the base of the 'stack' that ran in the opposite direction, one could slide the covers of a binder into the slip from the bottom up, and keep it secure in the folio, and still use the pockets of the slip from the top down. The whole would require a 'D' type zipper that runs around on three sides, and made in cork, it would have a unique appearance.
This was percolating in my head and then along came the MacBook Air. So I started thinking. With the inevitable thinning up of the rest of the line, and eventually even PC laptops shrinking, the Brain Cell deserved a look, too.
So here it is, the Air Brain Cell attaché, the A(i)rtefact. Picture the Archetype, but with two parallel sets of zippers. One reveals a compartment tailored for the computer with a Ristretto style slip pocket, and perhaps a pocket or two for cables and charger. (Can we sneak these in accounting for the wedge in profile?) The other half would have the complement of organizer pouches and zipper pockets on one side, and the slip pockets on the other, with the possibility of the book/binder slip functioning in between. I would think the whole thing could be brought in at a size resembling the Brain Cell I already use (17" MBP). Rendered in the beautiful cork, with slip pockets on the outside as well, catches for the bayonet clips, nice handles and clips for a shoulder strap, and you have a fully functional office in a sexy case that I can use on it's own or in my Super Ego, or I can give it to the Missus with the Western Flyer I'm going to get her and she'll finally have the one bag business trip whipped.
If it could be produced in sizes to find a sweet spot between laptop dimensions and paper sizes for filing (arcane, I know, but I'm studying Architecture and love carrying an A3 sketchbook, which just makes it in my SE), that would be sweet. Not too much fussing, A3/17" ; A4/13" might work.
About the cork, this is a gorgeous product that would help to distinguish this bag as a professional accessory and differentiate it in the Bihn product line, establishing a new price-point.
Thanks for the great bags, and for a forum where a design obsessive can feel at home.