Incredible Sculpted Wooden Bicycle Blends Form and Function

This beautifully hand-crafted wooden design concept is a unique, modern bicycle developed by artist Yojiro Oshima, a design student in the Craft & Industrial Design Department at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

Oshima created the structure, entitled Fusion, as an exploration of an everyday object redesigned with unexpected materials. He sculpted sections of hollowed-out hard maple wood into the major elements of the bicycle, including the wooden frame, handlebars, and a comfortable seat. Even the wheels–called baton wheels–are constructed out of wood and feature an arc between the spokes and the rim to reduce large impacts and to soften the ride.

Although a bicycle made out of wood is extremely unconventional, the artist was actually more focused on producing a flawless structural design. He says the proposal “is about the shape of the frame and the handle mainly, which doesn't concern what material it's made out of.”

Yojiro Oshima on Musashino Art University
via [Inhabitat]

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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