Blood pack of Santa Claus by Kiseung Lee


Blood pack of Santa Claus by Kiseung Lee

Designer Kiseung Lee of Helsinki wants people to fill stockings with more vital gifts this Christmas: donations to the blood bank.

Blood pack of Santa Claus by Kiseung Lee

His conceptual stocking-shaped blood packs were on show as part of Helsinki Design Week in September, although they were filled with red pigment rather than actual blood.

Blood pack of Santa Claus by Kiseung Lee

Lee wants to stimulate donations as a generous gesture that's easy to make but could mean the difference between life and death to someone else.

Blood pack of Santa Claus by Kiseung Lee

Here are some more details from Kiseung Lee:

"Put your present in the socks, somewhen it will be back to you"

In generally, people tend to show a stiff motivation and response to donation. This phenomenon has caused passive dedication to society and human being lives. Naturally, it has weaken a bond between mankind. I suggest new blood bag design and hope to inspire active blood donating boom or event across the world and dedicate to improve a quality of our lives. By donating warmness with pleasure, people would feel being a “Santa-claus” alike . Also, the socks shape welfare and sharing love - written by Kiseung, Lee

The richest countries in the world suffer from overproduction and goods bulimia. The biggest problem is no longer a lack of possessions, but homes changed to warehouses for them. The question from the beginning of the 1970s, “Necessary or not?”, is more timely than ever. What do we really need? Goods and product design have developed through different eras and isms, but we people, whether we are millionaires or not, always and forever have but one heart. Neither has the number or shape of our hands changed over the millennia. Whether we want to be or not, we are all anatomically ancient in the midst of all these novelty products. The act of being brings inevitable vulnerability and uncertainty. Our only certainty is our daily trade in dreams and lies. The important things are always very simple. The greatest gift is to just at the right moment find a personal unquestioning and intimate closeness in another human. Santa’s stockings has not been filled with useless Chinese plastic junk - written by Kaj Kalin, Exhibition "to declare" curator, Helsinki design week 2011.

  • this is soooo cool!! This design can also be applied to gifts…loved it!!!

  • What a wonderful idea! If only they'd let you keep the pack, but I guess that would be detrimental…

  • Diego

    I'm with you all the way Kiseung Lee!! As a regular donor myself, I see the positive message behind this! Every time I donate blood to save a life, I celebrate the fact that I am healthy and a small gift back to society without wanting anything back! Wish you lots of luck my fellow designer! Please send some over down to the SANBS in South Africa if you could. Would love to see one of these over Christmas!!

  • mik

    oh my god.what a bad this a joke?

    • Adman

      explain how this is in bad taste? This is a positive message that transcends peoples misconceptions about giving blood. It is brilliant.

  • Excellent idea!

  • even though this could be – as mik wrote – on the brink of bad taste, this also is a very beautiful idea! There are so many ways of looking at things and issues, anyway

  • 'Tis the season for giving! :)

  • Guest

    This is actually not a new idea – Dunne & Raby have done a similar project in 2009!

    • JFLOW

      According to kiseung lee's hompage (, he has done this project in 2007 (through exhibition in Korea).

  • vnyr

    This sock blood bag looks cool et al but is no way functional.
    Blood goes through various stages of component processing. This bag will fail in several of such scenarios.

    Ignorance makes it easy to design anything. One could make thousands of pleasing shapes for the blood bag. But what next? It is then art, not design.