Here’s a little design eye candy for y’all… Dutch designers Pieter Janssen and Basten Leijh came up with the idea to put a bicycle on the market that is useful, trendy and twice as cheap to produce, so that when people buy the product for a regular price there are enough means left to donate one to people who cannot afford one.  This way the stylish are encouraged to do good… their concept is called the Sandwich Bike, and it’s minimal aesthetic looks mighty delicious!

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Inspired by the concept of flat packing and home assembly made popular by companies like IKEA, the Dutch duo landed on the idea of making a bike out of two wooden plates (hence its name, The Sandwich Bike).  The absence of the welding joints makes the frame very easy to produce and are easily customizable according to the clients’ demand.  Just like an IKEA product, the bike will be delivered in a flat cardboard box and can be assembled at home with a single tool, reducing shipping and assembly costs.  The two wooden plates are held together by four identical ‘smart cylinders.’  These cylinders house all the technical parts needed:  the crank axle, the head tube and the seat post.

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Designer Basten Leijh rocks his beautiful zebrawood veneer invention.

The project is still in concept phase but the designers are hoping that orders of the Sandwich Bike can be taken in the near future.

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Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.