Michael Ubbesen Jakobsen
I missed this in June when it was on Designboom, but it is in the print mags now. It is Danish designer Michael Ubbesen Jakobsen's Bau-Bike,
The BauBike is inspired by Bauhaus design. It is constructed around the geometric shape of the square and the equilateral triangle. The design is stripped down to clean lines and raw material.
It does have some clever features, such as the ability to add accessories like a second seat (but not a second set of pedals that would make it a true tandem). Jakobsen writes:
The design follows a set of formal rules, limiting the geometry to straight lines in a pattern of 60 and 90 degree angles in proportions following the principle of the golden section.
By limiting the form with a fixed set of design rules and stepping away from the traditional function-oriented approach to the design process, this project transcends the border between design and art, raising fundamental questions about the nature of the bike as design and as a lifestyle accessory and introducing a much needed playfulness on the bicycle scene.
Others might wonder, what was wrong with the strong and efficient triangle. More at Bau-Bike.
What do you think: Hit or Miss?