Around 1865 the first pedal-powered cycle in history was invented: the high wheeler, also known as a velocipede. As a tribute to this era of enthusiasm for technology and invention, DING3000 and BASF's designfabrik embarked on an unparalleled thought experiment: how would the pedal cycle with its wheels of different sizes have looked if today's advanced materials had been accessible to the cycling pioneers? During the talk, the designers of DING3000 will present their answer with the CONCEPT 1865: a ready-to-ride velocipede that will be on display and available for inspection with an electric drive and 24 polymer plastics, some of which are highly innovative. On the basis of this project, the designers will discuss with BASF specialists how material innovations facilitate new surfaces and forms, including for other fields such as furniture design.
Free admission, registration not required.
Thursday, 24 July 2014, 6 pm
Vitra Design Museum
D-79576 Weil am Rhein
© Vitra Design Museum, photo: Thomas Dix