Folding is an art form, a way of turning a plain piece of paper into an object of beauty. But the art of folding is used throughout the design world for a variety of purposes. We've discovered an exciting group of designers, architects, and artists who have incorporated folding into their designs in fresh and unconventional (yet practical) ways. Once we started researching, we found out that almost everything can fold: houses, bicycles, furniture, tents, trailers, and even boats.
Behold the future of public transportation: trains. And not just any trains. These babies don't even need a station to get you safely from point A to point B. Travelers on this train won't be running through a labyrinth of departure platforms to make their connection; they'll make transfers directly from coach to coach…while the train is moving.
The Dymaxion Car Rides Again
It's a submarine. It's a rocket ship. It's a prop from the latest Bond flick. It's a joke sent over by the engineering department. No! It's the Dymaxion car. It seats 11, goes 120 miles per hour, and gets 30 miles to the gallon. It also has 3 wheels, a periscope in place of a rear-view mirror, and the ability to make a U-Turn along the 20 feet length of the entire car. If you're thinking that this car is the future of urban transportation, you're mostly right. It was indeed intended to be the car of the future – in 1933, when the Dymaxion car was first exhibited. MORE >>
The caravanning world, says industrial designer David Tonkinson, is dominated by the third age and retired people. 'Caravans and caravanning are regarded amongst younger generations as dated and an old-fashioned pastime.' Here's his solution. MORE >>
We've seen plenty of novel 'bikes' over the years (from the eRinGo to the WheelSurf), and some that don't look all that different from this (the UnoCycle). But it looks like the YikeBike is catching on. Is this the shape of bikes to come? MORE >>
'This car irritates.' So say its creators, Swiss concept designers Rinspeed. Why exactly does it irritate? By flying in the face of 'overengineered metal creatures', apparently. The BamBoo is a taste of summer, a taste of sand and beach, the Seventies, St Tropez, Brigitte Bardot. Ooh la la… how irritating. But it's also a taste of things to come, with a communication display that takes the place of a radiator grill, and an inflatable roof that doubles as a beach blanket. Now that sounds like fun… MORE >>
Where No Van Has Gone Before
If you’re lucky enough to be vacationing in New Zealand, Australia or the UK this year, do it in a Spaceship. Yes, you heard that right. A Spaceship. Straight outta Roswell. Actually, Spaceships are about as earthy vehicles as you’re ever likely to travel in. Created in New Zealand, they’re smaller than RVs and bigger than rental cars. In short, they’re tricked-out minivans. MORE >>
Travel in a Teardrop
In these days of fuel efficiency, driving an RV might make you feel like you’re wearing fur at a PETA convention. And yet, you don’t want to stuff your camping gear into your Prius then spend hours setting up. The answer? A Teardrop.