The Blackline : Ultimate Urban Utility Bicycle by Team CHI

After designing and developing for months, MNML x Method Bicycle (Team CHI) has released The Blackline, an ultimate utility bicycle especially designed for Oregon Manifest Bike Design Challenge.

The design of this urban vehicle was inspired by the City of Broad Shoulders, it carries a spirit and ready for just about anything. The name itself was taken from Chicago’s iconic elevated train lines that run non-stop throughout the city because this bike will give you the freedom to get anywhere in between. It’s tough yet refined, the design has been carefully thought to make it just the ideal for cyclists or urban city dwellers.

Designers : MNML and Method Bicycle (Team CHI) for The Bike Design Project

Blackline : Ultimate Urban Utility Bicycle by MNML and Method Bicycle (Team CHI)

Blackline : Ultimate Urban Utility Bicycle by MNML and Method Bicycle (Team CHI)

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Minimalist and Modern Cyclo Urban Bicycle Offers Speed and Comfort

The company claims that CYCLO is the ultimate urban bicycle that provides its rider with functionality, performance, and style. It took 18 months to design and engineer this bike, it’s the company’s vision of how perfect urban bicycle should be, just like the feeling you had as a kid on a hot summer days, riding the bike exploring the street freely.

This bike is built not just for speed but also comfort. It is the result based on extensive research on design explorations, experiences, and feedbacks from many people who ride bike daily. You know what? Everyone would like to go fast but without sacrificing the comfort.

From : Cyclo

Cyclo Urban Bicycle

Cyclo Urban Bicycle

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CYBLE – An Interactive Bicycle Stand by Subinay Malhotra

Subinay Malhotra has come up with a new interactive bicycle rack that features aesthetic design and ergonomic shape related to its environment, Cyble. Designing a product for public space requires extensive researches in general environment, design influences, structures, materials, functions, and human factors. This approach takes spatial concept design to a proposal of a ready to use product. The design process was also inspired by a book known as Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino that contains short stories describing the city of Venice with a surrealistic approach.

Cyble bicycle stand/rack is ideally used in jam packed area where people can park their bikes as an alternative to cars. It’s been designed to be interactive and functional, it looks different and playfully works with its surroundings. It has the ability to move the bike vertically in order to have more space for more bikes to be parked.

Designer : Subinay Malhotra

CYBLE Interactive Bicycle Stand by Subinay Malhotra

CYBLE Interactive Bicycle Stand by Subinay Malhotra

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1865 Electric Velocipede Project Inspired by Iconic Pedal-Cranked Bicycle in 1865

1865 Electric Velocipede is a nice concept vehicle inspired by historic pedal-cranked bicycle in 1865. Teamed up with BASF, DING3000, a German design studio, has developed this unique e-velocipede to bring you back to the year of 1865, an eye-catching bike with its wheels of different sizes. The reason why these companies rebuilt the iconic 19th century bike as modern e-bike is to maker the year when BASF was founded. At that time, Karl Drain’s wooden “Dandy horse” was also give its first pedals which launched bike on the road to global success. This concept bike is a tribute to the era of enthusiasm for invention and technology. “How would the first pedal cycle have looked like if the bike had had today’s advanced material to work with?”, I guess this was the question in mind when they were in designing process.

DING3000 and BASF has developed a ready-to-ride prototype of 1865 Electric Velocipede, it features an electric drive and 24-polymer applications, some are highly innovative such as bearingless all-plastic pedals made of Ultrason or light and punctureproof tires made of Infinergy.

Designers : Ding3000 and BASF

1865 Electric Velocipede by Ding3000 and BASF

1865 Electric Velocipede by Ding3000 and BASF

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Eco-B Concept Bike by Dhaneesh Neelakandan

Eco-B concept bike is an urban mobility solution for energetic and eco-friendly commuting. Urban transportation is facing both heavy traffic and environmental issues nowadays, people have less time to maintain their health and some who have the time can be found in fitness centers. The project here proposes a Pedelec (Pedal+electric, a special electric bicycle) which is hoped can improve our urban commuter transport condition. Pedelecs are usually used by elderly people. This design provides a more stylish exterior form to break that image, moreover, it gives more energetic feel for elderly people as well.

Designer : Dhaneesh Neelakandan

Eco-B Bike by Dhaneesh Neelakandan

Eco-B Bike by Dhaneesh Neelakandan

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Donut Folding Bicycle by Arvind Mahabaleshwara

Donut folding bicycle is aesthetically pleasing concept bike which folds completely into circular frame, you won’t find any protruding parts outside that frame. The circular aluminum alloy welded frame is the main structure of this bike, we’re not sure how much weight this bike can handle. The front and rear forks are pivoted to the circular frame, the tubular pedal slides and rotates inside the crank bar. The handle bars are equipped with GPS and Cyclometer, the seat is adjustable to provide more comfort for different user.

Designer : Arvind Mahabaleshwara

Donut Folding Bicycle by Arvind Mahabaleshwara

Donut Folding Bicycle by Arvind Mahabaleshwara

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Skoda Kite Electric Car Concept Was Inspired by Sport Kite

Skoda Kite was a school project to come up with an electric vehicle that represents the characteristic of ecological and agile driving system. The car should be iconic yet easy to recognize as part of Skoda brand, therefore, it features some characteristics of Skoda.

The main design was inspired by the effectiveness and dynamic aesthetics of sport kite. It has unique trunk opening system while the durable textile along with flexible construction provides practical partial opening as well as trunk space expansion possibility.

Team members:
Matej Dubiš – exterior design
Soňa Otiepková – logo, color&trim
Stanislav Sabo – interior design
Miro Hrdý – seat design
Pavel Vaško – tablet holder
Juraj Lehocký – kite
Lenka Obuchová – bicycle
Martin Domjen, Dalibor Kopál – engineering

Mentor : Prof. akad. soch. Peter Paliatka
Consultant : Ing. Peter Olah, ArtD.
Project Coordinator : Mgr. art. Michala Lipková

Skoda Kite Electric Car

Skoda Kite Electric Car

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Our Top 10 Selection Winners for A’Design Award and Competition 2012-2013 Period

Once again, A’ Design Award and Competition has announced this year best design products, concepts, and prototypes. Checkout our top 10 selection winners 2012-2013 in random orders, from architecture, fashion, to technology. You can also read the interview with designers for their winning projects here.

1. Butterfly Chair by Eduardo García Campos
Inspired by nature, particularly Mexican “Monarca” butterfly, a beautiful insect with fragile appearance of its wings yet it is known for its strength. This chair is aesthetically beautiful and highly functional, the wing shape and structure provides comfortable and strong support for the user. Simply place two pieces side by side, together, they create the shape of a Butterfly.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Butterfly Chair by Eduardo García Campos

2. Meduse Pipes Worldwide Unique Shisha by Jakub Lanča
Inspired by organic lines of underwater creatures, Jackub Lanča has come up with shisha pipe series that feature mysterious animal forms and getting alive with every inhalation. Beautiful, mysterious, transparent, mystical, relax, slow motion, breath, exhalation. The basic idea was trying to uncover the interesting process that involve inside the pipe such as bubbling, smoke, fruit mosaic and the play of lights. The combination of traditional handicraft, modern methods and technologies incorporated in this concept Shisha pipe will definitely enhance your experience.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Meduse Pipes Worldwide Unique Shisha by Jakub Lanča

A’ Design Award and Competition - Meduse Pipes Worldwide Unique Shisha by Jakub Lanča

3. Simorgh Gate Way by Naser Nasiri
A giant iron pigeon welcomes you as you enter Mashhad city. The construction of this gate has been designed and developed to take advantage the weight of cars to rotate gear wheels and pull cables which will offer unique views as the portal shape changes. You will witness a gate that moves its wings just like a giant pigeon.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Simorgh Gate Way by Naser Nasiri

A’ Design Award and Competition - Simorgh Gate Way by Naser Nasiri

4. Creative Wooden Creatures by Hakan Gürsu
We’ve covered about this project before in this page. This wooden toy allows children to be creative to create their imaginary creatures, thus developing their creativity skill to the next level. It offers unlimited possibilities from simple to organic forms, an eco friendly toy kit which has great potential to entertain and educate children.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Creative Wooden Creatures by Hakan Gürsu

5. Pip! Parallel Interactive Projector by Jorge Prieto
Nowadays, we depend so much on our smartphones to stay in touch with our family or office. This behavior actually keeps us away from our family in real life as the time we spend with our gadgets grows. This concept projector tries to reduce our dependence to our smartphones and increase our interactivity with others.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Pip! Parallel Interactive Projector by Jorge Prieto

A’ Design Award and Competition - Pip! Parallel Interactive Projector by Jorge Prieto

6. Slider Folding Bike Bicycle by Paul Hao Ting Hsu
A friendly folding bike for women. The designer thinks that our current folding bike is unfriendly to women, thus, he decided to come up with bike design for female cyclist and use gravity to make folding process easier. The main frame uses diamond shape with structure and handle place that can reduce the folding process. It takes about 2 seconds to fold out with the help of gravity strength.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Slider Folding Bike Bicycle by Paul Hao Ting Hsu

A’ Design Award and Competition - Slider Folding Bike Bicycle by Paul Hao Ting Hsu

7. Shayton Equilibrium Hypercar by Andrej Stanta
The vision of this hypercar came from pure emotion to design a car which was inspired by nature, from summer storm, natural pearl, to the elegance of flying falcon (Shayton). It combines both art and engineering to create beautiful harmony in the form of a car.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Shayton Equilibrium Hypercar by Andrej Stanta

A’ Design Award and Competition - Shayton Equilibrium Hypercar by Andrej Stanta

8. Tesera Fully Automatic Tea MacHine by Tobias Gehring
Tesera simplifies the process of tea making by setting new standards of perfect tea brewing while still respecting the tea atmospheric ceremony. Fill the special jars with loose tea, with adjustable brewing time and water temperature, it can produce perfect tea into transparent glass chamber. There’s a tray that can be removed for serving.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Tesera Fully Automatic Tea MacHine by Tobias Gehring

9. Smartstreets-smartbin Cigarette/Gum Bin by Andrew Farish
One of the world problems is cigarette and gum litters which are responsible for over 50% litter discarded every year worldwide. It needs new approach to encourage people to dispose this waste appropriately. Andrew Farish has come up with cigarette/gum bin with unique capabilities. It can be install onto a lamp post or a sign post which makes it within reach of everyone on the street. It’s a street furniture which will add value to existing infrastructure.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Smartstreets-smartbin Cigarette/Gum Bin by Andrew Farish

A’ Design Award and Competition - Smartstreets-smartbin Cigarette/Gum Bin by Andrew Farish

10. VSA – Vertical Solar Aircraft by Arman Abadi
Futuristic vertical solar aircraft which features delta wings and is able to reach the speed up to 250 to 300 km/h. The aircraft uses 3 engines which one of them is used for vertical take off and the other 2 are used to land on a runway.

A’ Design Award and Competition - VSA - Vertical Solar Aircraft by Arman Abadi

A’ Design Award and Competition - VSA - Vertical Solar Aircraft by Arman Abadi

You can read our top 10 selection winners from previous year, in this page: Our Top 10 Picks for A’Design Award and Competition Winners 2011-2012.

BKR Wood Frame Bicycle by Pietro Russomanno

BKR Wood Frame Bicycle features several innovative designs, it utilizes wood to get the best out of its physical and natural proprieties of sustainability, malleability, and elasticity. Constructed from plywood for its main structure and inner rubber gaskets, together they merge perfectly like a sandwich through the use of screws. The joint system that uses wood as its main material reduces any vibrations and is able to absorb any shocks.

BKR bike features “Easy Saddle” system, it’s an adjustable saddle that allows you to change the height of the seat quickly, simply by pressing a button. In this way different users can ride the bike comfortable. There’s a special designed dynamo installed on the front wheel which provides energy and speed/distance trip information directly to your smartphone which can be docked on the handlebars.

Designer : Pietro Russomanno

BKR Wood Frame Bicycle by Pietro Russomanno

BKR Wood Frame Bicycle by Pietro Russomanno

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Dora Bicycle Helmet Offers Better Safety for Its User

Dora bicycle helmet is one of ingenious modern industrial designs that provides safety for the user. The main problem with city transport for cyclists is difficult to communicate with other vehicles, unequivocal signals are often used by cyclists which are unsafe. This concept helmet is ideal for cyclists in urban environment, it informs other vehicles with arrow shaped light signals, universal signals which can be seen up to 360-degree to get other’s attention where you’re going. There’s a small ergonomic controller attached to the handlebar, in this way, the rider can light up the signal via Bluetooth without having to take his hand off the handlebar. This stylish concept helmet is a great solution to tell other vehicles your intent to stop or turn, nice, isn’t it?

Designer : Balázs Filczer

Dora Bicycle Helmet by Balázs Filczer

Dora Bicycle Helmet by Balázs Filczer

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Folding Wheel Design for Wheelchair by Vitamins Design

Carrying wheelchair when traveling by car requires some extra space, but this folding wheel concept offers an easy way to travel with a wheelchair. You can fold away the wheel for easy storage, it will revolutionize the world of foldable wheelchairs, perhaps for the first time, wheelchair wheels can easily fit into a small car, airplane cabin, or trunk. We’ve seen folding wheel concept in a bicycle before, but this design seems like already has the working prototype. When packing a manual wheelchair, you can make as if the wheels have disappeared, you would have to deal with the chair only and place the wheels alongside any way you like.

Designer : Vitamins Design

Folding Wheel Concept by Vitamins Design

Folding Wheel Concept by Vitamins Design

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MORI Folding Bike Concept by Janus Yuan

MORI folding bike aims to increase the rate of bike ridership especially in an urban environment for better sustainable future. Based on statistic in America, women comprise only 25% of bicycle riders. Can you see a gender gap here? This is due to the bicycle industry that focuses merely on existing cyclists and ignoring the needs of those non-riders, mostly women. In this case, female users could potentially become an expanding market for future bicycle industry.

Considered female user characteristics, the size of MORI must be small enough for user to carry and storage. Using 3-D printing technology, users can design their personal pattern, color, texture and even structure of battery case. For power system, combining human-powered and electromotor-powered modes together, users can chose different riding gesture and power mode based on their different requirements.

You can easily transform this bike from bicycle, scooter, trolley, to folding mode. MORI folding bike is your perfect daily companion, from going to work, shop, to ride home.

Designer : Janus Yuan

MORI Folding Bike by Janus Yuan

MORI Folding Bike by Janus Yuan

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P.F.U.V : Futuristic Personal Folding Urban Vehicle Concept for The Year of 2040

Designed for the year 2040 this vehicle solves a mayor problem for every city in the future, space. Only 30% longer than a standard bicycle, P.F.U.V (Personal Folding Urban Vehicle) has the ability of folding itself when not in use for reducing space to a minimum. When folded, this vehicle can be stacked in front of one another for parking.

Most people use a big car for transporting only themselves from point A to B, and cars spend most of the day parked, wasting a lot of space. Utilizing electric motors on each wheel, this vehicle reduces pollution to zero. This is why P.F.U.V transports only one person and folds itself for parking. The chassis is made out of high tech materials, metal ceramics, each hole in the structure is calculated for reducing weight to a maximum without sacrificing the chassis strength.

Designer : Eduardo Díaz Tostado

P.F.U.V - Personal Folding Urban Vehicle by Eduardo Diaz Tostado

P.F.U.V - Personal Folding Urban Vehicle by Eduardo Diaz Tostado

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Audi Bike Concept by Vladimer Kobakhidze

Vladimer Kobakhidze, a 29-year old Georgian car designer has sent us his Audi bike concept, a premium transportation for urban traffic to reduce pollution. Please don’t get confused by the name, it’s not an official concept from Audi, but clearly it was inspired by the famous Audi brand design philosophy.

In this fast growing population, the reloaded urban traffic and the polluted environment needs a sustainable, flexible, safe and comfortable bicycle device. It is a difficult task to find out the real innovation in this, in the bicycle design segment. The goal is pretty straight forward, design a family bicycle for “Audi” based on the general design and philosophy of this German automotive company from rationality, visibility and quality. It has to meet the principle of modern sportiveness for premium consumers.

The “Audi Bike” Design project combines the new family of the bicycles: The “Audi” Sports bike, the Folding bike and the electronic + (HP) humane powered Bike. All of them feature fluent lines, more surface transitions and sporty look with emotional appearance.

Designer : Vladimer Kobakhidze

Audi Bike Concept by Vladimer Kobakhidze

Audi Bike Concept by Vladimer Kobakhidze

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eCycle Electric Bike Features Lightweight, Flexible, Easy to Build, and Dynamic Frame Design

eCycle electric bike is a conceptual project aims to design modern e-bike that is lightweight, flexible, easy to build with dynamic frame design. Most our e-bikes today are based on traditional bicycle design converted into electric by adding some extra elements and wires. These are the same 100+ year old design converted to electric which later becomes overpriced bike.

This concept utilizes Hydroformed aluminum frame for the main structure while the battery pack is placed in stylized “fuel tank” inspired by retro motorcycles. Just in case you want to ride this e-bike just like a normal one, you can simply remove the battery, thus eliminating extra battery weight from the bike.

Designer : Milos Jovanovic

eCycle Electric Bike by Milos Jovanovic

eCycle Electric Bike by Milos Jovanovic

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