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What IKEA is going to flat-pack next

IKEA – the blue and yellow shop of hope for students, newly-weds and homeowners alike – will launch something a little different in August 2016. Known primarily for its affordable, sustainable and well-designed furniture, IKEA has taken a step into the outside world and will be releasing the SLADDA bike.

A bike you say? Yes. IKEA, in collaboration with Swedish agency Veryday, has designed a sustainable flat-packed bike made from aluminium. The brand’s iconic simplicity is captured in the grey colouring and plain bike frame which gives it a gender neutral aesthetic. Surprisingly, this 2 wheeled vehicle can be used by riders from the tender age of 12.

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Now the flat-packed part got me worrying a little, but it turns out that you won’t have to play around with chains when assembling the bike because the SLADDA has none. To avoid rust and oil consumption, the bike simply has a belt instead of a bike chain. Obviously, IKEA would find a way to eliminate impracticalities and move its new product down a long-term sustainable path, but I do have my doubts on how resistant the belt is to wear.

Armed with only 2 gears, this eco-friendly machine has claimed a Red Dot award for the “Best of the Best” category. How does a bike become la crème de la crème of product design? By having customisable features. The SLADDA comes with accessories such as a basket or bike trailer. These can be added by using a click-in-system that carry everything from your puppy to your briefcase.

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Oskar Juhlin, Director of Industrial Design at Veryday, claims that “SLADDA is like a tablet with apps, in the sense that you can customise it with several different accessories adapted to make everyday life easier for the user”. Increasing usability will hopefully help people switch from cars to bikes and ultimately develop a more sustainable society.

IKEA has taken us all by surprise by moving from interior home products to braving the great outdoors. It will be interesting to see if the SLADDA becomes a popular purchase, especially as IKEA has previously launched an almost-unheard-of electric bike that mysteriously disappeared from its catalogue (I’m guessing it was flop).

In Swedish, SLADDA means to skid sideways. With a prestigious design award already in hand, let’s see if this bike can make a stylish entrance and leave its competitors in the dust.

Crunchy Cutlery to Overthrow the Plastic Spoon

Across the world, plastic is having a detrimental effect on the environment, but in India it seems to be a more magnified problem connected to health too. With a large streetfood culture, India’s plastic cutlery waste is highly damaging. What if our plastic spoons could be disposed of in a non-destructive way or be used to create a positive impact? Narayana Peesapaty has the answer: Bakey’s Edible Cutlery. Continue reading “Crunchy Cutlery to Overthrow the Plastic Spoon”

2016 App Adventure

The New Year has rolled in and so have some amazing new concepts. I was snooping around to find what would excite me in 2016 and, in my design geekiness, this little startup has just opened a whole new world to me. Continue reading “2016 App Adventure”

I Ride My Cardboard Bicycle…

One of the things all design has in common is overcoming a challenge. Not only does it force you to take a new perspective on things, but it teaches you to use every skill you’ve ever learnt and apply it to the task at hand. No matter how hard it is, you’ll find a way to solve it and that is exactly what Izhar has done.

This man was essentially told that making a cardboard bike was impossible, but he created a durable, cheap and functional one out of things we discard everyday. Cardboard, recycled plastics and car tires. Whoever thought we could be pedalling around on hardcore origami? Not only is the bike water and fire proof, but it can support up to 300 pounds too! He has now gone on to create Cardboard Technologies and is trying to change how we use materials to create a more sustainable planet. Please take the time to watch this video on his spectacular design.

What I hope you’ve taken from this is that if you have an idea, give it a go. Literally anything is possible if you put your mind to it and if you’re upping the environmental game then that’s a bonus. I dare you, go prove a cynic wrong!

Project Monsoon: Bringing Colour to Seoul

Cold, grey and rainy. Those are the words I would use to describe today, but the onslaught of rain made me wonder. What if there is a way to bring magic to these dreary days? A quick search and presto! I may have found the most beautiful project I’ve ever laid eyes on. Continue reading “Project Monsoon: Bringing Colour to Seoul”

Glug Brighton

I had debated for a couple of days whether to venture down to Brighton for my first ever Glug event and, thanks to a friend, I was easily convinced. Talks, pop-up shops and some friendly drinks? What more could I ask for! Continue reading “Glug Brighton”

The Backpacker’s Journal: Buenos Aires Infused Street Art

I have just returned from, possibly, the best trip of my life – so far. I’ve spent the last 20 days visiting several cities in Bolivia, northern Chile and Argentina, but Buenos Aires stole the prize. I could talk for hours about the beauty of the architecture, the rich history or even the relevance of their past to the Argentine’s every day life, but that would require several posts. Instead, let me show you an insight to all these things found in one art form: Street Art. Continue reading “The Backpacker’s Journal: Buenos Aires Infused Street Art”

Sculpture by the Lakes

One of my last days in Dorset, I ventured out to a hidden gem that was 15 minutes from my house. Why I never came here before puzzled me, but I’m so glad I visited this mystical place. Continue reading “Sculpture by the Lakes”

Coloured Shadows

Studio Dennis Parren is a design team of 3 that specialise in lighting. They have a strong belief that without light there is no colour or life, except these guys have taken that idea to a whole new level. Continue reading “Coloured Shadows”

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