Posts Tagged ‘Design’


YikeBike – Urban Freedom

December 13, 2009

YikeBike is a statement about using smart technology to solve the problems of our increasingly congested, polluted, stressful cities. It is the first commercial expression of the mini-farthing concept, created up by a bunch of successful entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers. We sat down to try and answer:

  • What is the simplest way to get from A to B with the aid of a machine?
  • What is the smallest wheel you can have to get a stable, safe, comfortable ride?
  • Can you make something small enough to be able to go with you anywhere in a city?
  • Wonder if we could make a unicycle dramatically easier to ride and fold?

We were intrigued by creating something that could dramatically change urban transport, enabling city dwellers a fast, safe and easy way to navigate their environment.

The result was the mini-farthing concept and its first expression, the YikeBike. It employs state-of-the-art technology, engineering and industrial design to create a new class of personal transport.

More on the history of the development of the concept can be found at



July 25, 2009

A new store & a new style



Folclore, Portuguese fashion designers in Barcelona

Anabela Baldaque
Daniela Pais
Elisabeth Teixeira
Luis Buchinho



January 10, 2009

futureduty is a young organisation using provoking & striking design to raise awareness and funds for global issues.


Interview with Huibert and Paul Evekink, foundering brothers of futureduty

What is the idea behind
Well, it is really simple. We feel a moral duty to do our small part for the future, fighting climate change, poverty, water shortage, bird flue, cancer, old age and any other global issues. It is about using our present skills, experience and contacts to positively influence the future. We highlight issues in our designs, sell them and use the profit to fund sustainable projects.

Which sustainable projects?
For now we are particularly interested in organizations like, which manages micro-funds, supporting small businesses all over the world. You can choose where you invest and follow progress; it is all very real and tangible!

And supporting charity projects does not mean buying a one-way ticket to Africa?
No, this is about doing our future duty without abandoning our present lives.  Making good use of our experience, skills and contacts we can do more than than actually being in areas which need help. We think many people feel the same and we want to contribute and form part of our network.

So are your customers funding their fashion or philanthropy needs?
It is kind of ‘double dipping’ in happiness: get more cool looking stuff and score social responsibility points:do good, look good or the other way around.

What is who is your target customer?
As our products are a mixture between striking design and message, it helps to have customers who are smart enough to understand what the issues are about. However, we aim low, so the product should sell on design alone across various ages and cultures.

So what products will you sell?
First we will focus on building up our T-shirt fall collection by tapping into a friendly pool of like minded design people, who are prepared to sacrifice some time on their future duty. We are lucky enough to work with outstanding design agencies from around the world and nobody will escape our request for help!  We feel T-shirts combine with the Global Warming theme.

You mention “unique” designs…what is so unique?
We are convinced that thought-provoking, unconventional, striking design can capture more attention than the misery communication  we have have become immune too. We will not shy away from anything, unless it is likely to get us killed, like selling anti-Mugabe mugs on a Harare street corner.
With our “global warming fall collection we are tapping into the highly marketable eco-hip, green-pop-culture market.

So why would designers or design agencies contribute?
It is all about doing their futureduty and some prestige: do good, look good


Sketch Furniture

February 23, 2008

Is it possible to let a first sketch become an object, to design directly onto space?

The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique method where two advanced techniques are combined.  
Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.