A Brief Introduction to ICON

A Brief Introduction to ICON

How many people you know are so devoted to a single design that they build their whole company, their whole life around it? A designer by the name of Jonathan Ward has done just that, having started a business with his wife Jamie that turned into the nations leading Land Cruiser Service center in 1996, they eventually caught the eye of My. Toyoda who asked them to create three running prototypes of what became the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser.

0 Designer: Jonathan Ward

Nude Power Bike in Three Colors

Nude Power Bike in Three Colors

This bike comes in red, white, or black, like any good motorcycle should. Its description is presented to us as a mostly poetic sort of situation, naming “Style&Skills” as a main point, noting soft lines around a technological core, saying that this motorcycle concept, the Ducati Spite, has two souls. One of the souls is extreme simplicity, they say, and the other, a full detailed concept. Like the black and white of the wheels.

0 Designer: Lorenzo André Spreafico & Simone Campestre

Growling Sharp Ferrari

Growling Sharp Ferrari

Take a peek at this lovely sharp sports car with the Ferrari name slapped on it, inspired by the form language of Credo E-Bone, another design by the same designer that’s no less that a city bus. That, and the bones of animals and humans are where this comes from. This designer takes the Italian dynamic and organic, soft shapes that are closest to nature. Inside and out, this vehicle is meant to radiate energy and power.

0 Designer: Peter Simon

Blackbird Mercedes Goes Tron

Blackbird Mercedes Goes Tron

This is no run-of-the-mill Mercedes. This is a design exercise that pays homage to Mercedes-Benz’s racing history. The streamlined body is supposed to evoke airplanes, speed and movement. I love looking at exploratory sketches because you can get a feel on what designer Peter Vardai was thinking. As he evolved each shape, the decision to “TRON” out the design seemed like a good idea. Audi just released an official concept so why not Mercedes too?

0 Designer: Peter Vardai

Case for my Bike Butt

Case for my Bike Butt

There can never ever be too large an amount of inventions to work with the greatest of these – the bicycle. Today’s design is a very simple case that attaches to the pole underneath your seat. This design is called BelowFour and can contain any number of different things, coming in a variety of colors, too! Perfect for you hipsters and hipsters at heart, as well as the rest of the working world.

0 Designer: Ilya Fridman

Bicycle VS Predator

Bicycle VS Predator

The following bike is inspired by one of your humble narrator’s favorite films: Alien [1979 Ridley Scott]. I would say it should be more directed at the man who designed the alien itself [HR Giger] but it has a lot to do with the environment and the spaceship interiors, everything all encapsulated in one aggressive bike designed be Richard Malachowski and mechanically engineered by Cannondale. This is the exoskeleton loveliness of the Demon Downhill Bicycle.

0 Designer: Richard Malachowski

Bulges of Research Unto The Sky

Bulges of Research Unto The Sky

This is one bubbly research station, made to be unique and futuristic but also one with the wealth of flora and fauna in the areas in which it will travel. This project is aimed at a museum by the name of Wilanow which aims to preserve as well as strengthen knowledge about protected natural areas – this natural world researched and appreciated from this, a science research vehicle capable of moving across the landscape in larger form or by breaking off into a smaller pod.

0 Designer: Mikołaj Ścibisz

Pretty Little Battery Bike of Wood

Pretty Little Battery Bike of Wood

Check the heck out this little bike that runs on batteries. Not only is it aesthetically MORE than pleasing, it’s made out of a bunch of wood (and a bit of metal and plastic of course) and runs on tiny batteries you can carry around with you in your pocket! This is the Biona and it’s designed by Jordi Poblet Pedrol, a fellow who wants to replace gasoline entirely in our urban vehicles. This project attempts to give the world a brand new perception of what an electric motorcycle is.

0 Designer: Jordi Poblet Pedrol

Mercedes-Benz Embraces Sculptural Experimentation

Mercedes-Benz Embraces Sculptural Experimentation

The designers at the big MB are pushing the limits of automotive design by embracing sculptural experimentation. It permeates every aspect of their design process, from collaborative sketches to workgroups. The resulting sculpture titled Aesthetics No. 2 is stunning – deceptively complex and being ingeniously organic. I can only image which future Mercedes-Benz interiors will benefit from this awesome workflow.

0 Designer: Mercedes-Benz

Electric No Seater on Two Wheels

Electric No Seater on Two Wheels

Behold one wacky bike for the further excellence of trick tracking across the X-Games world! The designer of this project has pulled out all the extras on this trick bike – even going so far as to remove the saddle seat! Because the designer recognizes that a bicycle is small enough to do some crazy tricks but limited by the power the rider can exert, while motorbikes have a bunch of power but are limited by their size, this project aims to cross the two.

0 Designer: Charles-Edouard BERCHE

Your Bus is Here

Your Bus is Here

When buses queue up one behind the other at a stop, it’s quite difficult to read the bus-numbers. Folding Plate, as the name suggests, is a route indicator that pops out when the door of the bus opens. It’s positioned right above the door and is easy to spot and read. It even has LED settings to make the route number visible at night.

0 Designers: Chae-woo Park & Tae-eun Kim

Setting Sail with Bloom

Setting Sail with Bloom

Bloom is a yacht concept that earns its eco-friendly chops by including a wind driven power source and solar panels. We know alternative fuels like hydrogen are being used but a neater idea would be to make sure all building materials come from recycled and sustainable resources. Now rich people don’t have to feel guilty (do they ever?) about wasting petrol cruising around.

0 Designer: Xiang Yu

Lines of Light on Wheels of Speed

Lines of Light on Wheels of Speed

Devour if you will this escape from urbanization, the XSCAPE is from a time and place unknown to us as of yet, a concept car for 2030. Daily commuting is what this lady is for, flexible and narrow for the condensed spaces of the future. Flexible materials are mixed with solids for a safe ride and trip – this car can also extend horizontally to accommodate more than one rider.

0 Designer: Shengjie Wang