Mazda’s beautiful concept bike

Bike by KODO conceptHiroshima-based car-maker Mazda is currently showcasing its design philosophy in Milan via two new artworks at Milan Design Week – an absolutely stunning track bike and… a “Zoom-Zoom” sofa.

I’m not really a car guy – nor much of a sofa guy – but I would love to give this bike a spin if it ever went into production. Or just have one to hang on my wall for that matter.

Mazda describes the idea behind its Kodo ‘Soul of Motion’ design philosophy through which it aims to instill a sense of the effortless and powerful” movement of wild animals into the designs of cars such as the Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-5, thus

A muscular body with a strong backbone. An elegant demeanour that hints at the character beneath. An appearance that oozes charm and sophistication, ready to sweep you off your feet at a moment’s notice. The new ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme takes the aesthetic purity and excitement of Mazda styling to the next level.

Mazda Design Press Conference
“Bike by KODO concept” is a fixed-gear track bike that “seeks to express the innate beauty of the bicycle.” Its minimalist structure is composed of the least possible number of parts and the frame was formed by hammering a single sheet of steel. The black leather saddle is hand-stitched with the same red thread and design as in the new Mazda MX-5. Mazda says, “The bicycle’s mixture of dynamism and allure is evocative of the Mazda MX-5’s styling.” It is, indeed, a thing of beauty.

Check it out

Bike by KODO concept

Bike by KODO concept

Bike by KODO concept

Bike by KODO concept

Bike by KODO concept

We know it’s only concept model, but with no brakes, don’t let local police catch you tootling around town on one of these. And, with no stand, good luck using most of the city bike parking.

 

They also unveiled a concept sofa inspired by the design of the Mazda CX-3. Not sure which wild animal is being channeled here. A sloth, perhaps.

Sofa by KODO concept

 

Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of GetHiroshima.com and loves running in the mountains.

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