BauBike by Michael Ubbesen Jakobsen

published in: Vehicles By Costas Voyatzis, 16 June 2009

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The BauBike is inspired by Bauhaus design. It is constructed around the geometric shape of the square and the equilateral triangle. The design is stripped down to clean lines and raw material. The open-end piece above the back wheel, offers the possibility to customize the function of the bike to whatever need you may have. The different accessories can be placed in the tube and can easily be changed if needed. The design follows a set of formal rules, limiting the geometry to straight lines in a pattern of 60 and 90 degree angles in proportions following the principle of the golden section. By limiting the form with a fixed set of design rules and stepping away from the traditional function-oriented approach to the design process, this project transcends the border between design and art, raising fundamental questions about the nature of the bike as design and as a lifestyle accessory and introducing a much needed playfulness on the bicycle scene.

The BauBike is a bike for the modern urban society where adaptability is a necessity.
Single speed
Coaster brake

Exhibitions 2009:
April: Salone del Mobile (Milan, Italy)
May: Clashfestival (Copenhagen, Denmark)
June: DMY (Berlin, Germany)



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  • friend
    meme longlong | 2009-06-17 05:25:23

    so cute! :)

  • friend
    ekib | 2009-06-18 10:11:19

    Actually there is some structural sense behind the traditonal triangles in bicycle frames. This one's definetely less tough.

  • friend
    steve | 2009-06-18 11:54:56

    why not brakes?

  • friend
    nick | 2009-06-19 03:26:10

    definitely there's sense in classic bike frame make-up. more than providing "adaptability," this bike is simply an exercise in art. i see lack of function, comfort, and structural integrity. shouldn't be positioned as a user-friendly vehicle, that's for sure. can't say i'm sure about the aesthetics, either...

  • friend
    Robert | 2009-10-27 08:16:06

    Brakes: Scandinavian bicycles are usually equipped with foot brakes. Step on the pedal (backwards) and you will come to a stop. Much safer, easier and less prone to mechanical failures than front wheel brakes. Also safer to ride with one hand or no hands.

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