When you think of trendy, well designed, eco friendly transport, a cardboard bicycle probably doesn't spring to mind.
But that's exactly what Izhar Gafni has designed. He's an award winning industrial designer as well as a bike enthusiast. He's designed a lot of carbon fiber rigs but one day after overhearing a story about someone who’d built a cardboard canoe he knew he had to create a cardboard bike - the Alfa.
It weighs just 20lbs, yet supports riders up to 24 times its weight. It’s mostly cardboard and 100% recycled materials. He says like origami, “[if] you fold it once, and it’s not just twice the strength, it’s three times the strength.”
Now one of the things I like about this is the design and how it's shape is determined by the material. It has a naivety about it that I think really captures the essence of what 'hipsters' like but paradoxically I think its the functional aesthetics that would be a little TOO different for them. I hope not as hipsters seem to make things sell by the truck load and this deserves commercial success!