International Bicycle Design Competition 2013 Winners, Part 2

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Yesterday, we saw the first dozen honorees for iF Design TalentsInternational Bicycle Design Competition. The top ten selections were handsomely awarded for making the cut; here are the five ‘second place’ winners, who received 20,000 TWD (~$670) each for their efforts.

We also have some comments from the judges this time around—the submissions were reviewed by Henry Chang (Gearlab Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan), Edward Chiang (Giant Bicycle, Taichung, Taiwan), Martin Kessler (Process Group, Zurich, Switzerland), Ishigaki Tetsuya (Toyo frame, Tokyo, Japan), Georg Todtenbier (Cre8 Design, Taipei, Taiwan) and Michael Tseng (Merida Bikes, Taichung, Taiwan).

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Frame 22 | Urban Bike with Bamboo Frame
Yu-Yuan Lai – Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan

Frame 22 is an urban bike with bamboo elastic structure, completed with a bamboo-craft master. The shock absorber and handle bar stems are made of flexible bamboo, which reduces the vibration and maintains the flexibility of the bicycle. In order to enhance the power of back triangles, the bamboo structure extends from seat stay to chain stay. Bicycles are always cruising around in cities and the road bike is the best choice among all the alternatives for riding on concrete roads. Sometimes roads are cratered, and it is risky for bikers to dodge the holes; therefore, Frame 22 was created as an urban bike with light shock absorber, which offers a more comfortable riding experience to bikers.

What the judges had to say: “This is a fantastic combination of wood and steel. One of the judges would actually like to ride it.”

- I share the judge’s curiosity about how this actually rides. Interestingly, the cantilevered seatpost / extra-long seatstay design is actually quite similar to Yojiro Oshima’s recently-seen wooden bicycle.

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The Essence | One Bike – Two Riding Styles
Ming-Kang Chang – Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan

This bike offers two different riding styles, fixed-gear [or] single-speed. To achieve this concept, the bike’s top tube and seat stays are replaced by thinner steel bars. There is a special rear hub that can turn in two modes: single-speed freewheel or single cog. The seat is also designed to be removed or assembled quickly to adapt easily to the way in which the rider wants to use it.

What the judges had to say: “The only difference in this special design lies in the carbon fiber frame using steel bars. It’s a good design that can actually work and reduce the total weight by 100-200 grams.”

- I was a bit baffled by this one, as I thought the skinny tubes were supposed to be tension cables. Frankly, I don’t understand how the fin-like ‘saddle’ works or if it has a shaft drivetrain… or, for that matter, how it converts between fixed and freewheel.

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Children’s Bike Seat
Martina Staub & Lisa Nissen – Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Aarau, Switzerland

The design of this children’s bike seat focuses primarily on the aspects of safety and lightweight. The seat consists of two parts: the protective frame is made of fiberglass reinforced polypropylene. The cushion is a 3D mesh and is soft and protective at the same time. In the event of a sudden stop, the child is secured by the 5-point safety belt. The design of the frame provides optimum protection for the child’s head. The system includes a sleeping position and the footrests can be easily adjusted to virtually any position. If the seat is not in use, it can be used as a carrier. The taillights can be attached to the frame as desired.

What the judges had to say: “The design is very simple. People in Japan or other Asian countries would like to use this product. Regarding the design of the frame, the judges reckoned it can actually be made.”

- Seeing as I’m not a parent myself, I can’t speak to the functionality of this design, but I agree that it strikes me as among the more realistic, production-ready entries.

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Colored-Pencil Table by Nendo

Colored-Pencil Table by Nendo

Japanese design studio Nendo created an installation for the 2013 Saint-Étienne Design Biennial featuring a series of pastel rainbow-colored, wooden tables. The project, entitled Colored-Pencil Table, explores the manipulation of surface texture in furniture design and a possible look at the future of it.

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The table surfaces are developed with a technique called udukuri, where the top, soft layer of the cypress wood is carved away to expose the wood grain underneath. The wood then gets covered with paper and the wood grain is traced by shading over it with colored pencils. The grainy textures appear in color, as well as a raised relief from the tracing.

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Nendo says:

This created a tantalizing juxtaposition between the familiar proportions of wooden and the finish of the paper, and an inviting fusion of the subtle shades and blur of the colored pencils with the raised wood grain.

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Colored Pencil Table by Nendo in home furnishings Category

Study

Photos by Hiroshi Iwasaki.

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Froc Adjustable Modern High Chair

Froc Adjustable Modern High Chair

Froc is a new high chair by Slovenian company Rimarket and design studio Gigodesign. But not only is this a nice-looking high chair, it’s also adjustable in more than one way: the seat and footrest heights and the backrest position are all able to be adjusted.

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The removable safety belt will keep babies and toddler safe but when removed, make older kids feel like they’re sitting at the table like an adult (until they’re 10). The solid leg with four extensions keeps the chair nice and sturdy, too.

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Froc Adjustable Modern High Chair in home furnishings Category

Froc Adjustable Modern High Chair in home furnishings Category

Froc Adjustable Modern High Chair in home furnishings Category

Froc is available in five different colors (green, blue, orange, white and purple) and you can buy it online at froc.si.

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Strike: The Average Matchbox Gets a New Look

Strike: The Average Matchbox Gets a New Look

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We kinda squealed with delight upon seeing the latest to come from Danish design house HAY. The brand worked with one of their regulars, Swedish designer Clara von Zweigbergk, and American product designer Shane Schneck to rethink the boring matchbox in a collaboration called Strike.

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Where once the striking area was just plain functional, it’s now part of the design pattern on each box.

Strike: The Average Matchbox Gets a New Look in home furnishings Category

They’re available in seven different sized, eye-catching colored boxes that you won’t be embarrassed to have sitting out on your counter.

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Hard Candy by Yan Rui: Jewelry inspired by Eastern reincarnation philosophy, Nine Inch Nails and more

Hard Candy by Yan Rui


by Alessandro De Toni In the last few years Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts has become an epicenter of the capital’s creativity, producing an array of talented artists and designers each year. Included among the…

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The ultimate legal entertainment experience

Posters and ads for Electric Circus
by Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar

DARLING DAUGHTERS
SWEET MOTHERS DANCE
BLACKLIGHT DYNAMITE
ACROBATS ASTROLOGERS
JUGGLERS FREAKS CLOWNS
ESCAPE ARTISTS VIOLINISTS
GROK GRAPES GRASS
UPS DOWNS SIDEWAYS
AIR CONDITIONED
IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
THE ULTIMATE LEGAL
ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE
THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS
OPENS JUNE 28, 1967
23 ST. MARKS PLACE, NYC
EAST VILLAGE
THINK ABOUT IT.

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Theca and Steelwood Galva by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis


Milan 2013: French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec will present an aluminium sideboard for Italian furniture brand Magis plus an update to their Steelwood chair in Milan next week. (more…)

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