Saturday, October 18, 2014

Peugeot AE21, Paris Motor Show addition

The Paris Motor show will finish tomorrow so you better get down there fast if you want to see the bike we created specially for the show to go with the Exalt concept car which was also seen for the first time in Paris in its new finish.
The AE21 has been on sale for a few months now and sales seem to be very promising. 
For the show we took the standard production and bike and trimmed the rear of the frame with the same 'sharkskin' finish as the car, while  the aluminium plaques that hold the bag were refinished with a very special affect which involves depositing a layer of aluminium on the surface and allows us to leave a the name of the bike as the raw, polished surface of the plaques. 

For the bag itself, we simply re-trimmed it the same aged leather and pinstripe fabric as the car. The bike is displayed on the stand next to the car, an electric scooter and the Onyx sofa. 

Here's the bike with the Exalt concept car 

Luckily it was a beautiful day when we took these pictures on the Peugeot roof terrace a few days before the show.
Here are a couple of snaps from the show. You can see the Peugeot Design lab designed Hybrid kick scooter too.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Peugeot RG21 (Roland Garros) electric bike

A couple of pictures of the Peugeot stand at the French Open (Roland Garros) which started last weekend. 
The RG21 is a special addition all white version of the AE21 electric bike, which celebrates the 2014 French Open, along side the 208 and Metropolis scooter. It comes with a unique Roland Garros bag, built in ABUS Bordo lock etc. 
Having finally got to ride this bike a bit, especially around Milan I was surprised how good it is. The electric motor is really punchy, so you can get away from traffic lights with what seems like car or scooter like acceleration. It makes it feel safer than a regular bike because you aren't aways being swamped by the motorized traffic. 
The central space for the laptop bag is genuinely useful, especially when you are jumping on and off the bike. No messing around the racks and straps, no fear it's going to fall off or get stolen and the perfect size for all sorts of messenger bags that you see more and more these days.
Anyway, here it is, hope you like it.....

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Milan Design Week 2014

Peugeot AE21 in the 'wild'
Peugeot Design Lab had it's first presence at the Milan Design Week during the second week of April 2014, in the Tortona district of Milan. 
The Tortona area seemed like the most vibrant part of the city and we were overwhelmed by the number and variety of people who came to see us, the time the spent and interest they showed in our work.  
The highlight was undoubtably the Onyx sofa but the piano installation was also a huge hit.
It was a big moment for me too since we presented the Peugeot AE21 electric bicycle which is finally, finally on sale. I even had a spin round the block on it and was very pleasantly surprised at it's turn of speed and ease of riding, especially around the crowded streets. 
As well as the model on display at our installation we were also asked for a model for the Via stand which showcased the best of French design. As it says in their press release;
For the “Salone Internazionale del Mobile” from 8 to 13 April 2014, VIA and 14 septembre, with support from the Ministry of Productive Recovery are proud to bring you the second France Design, the French design talents in Milan. Across two major exhibitions, this year’s event brings the biggest names in French design together under one roof at the Superstudio PiĆ¹ (Tortona) as part of the “Off” Milan Design Week program. 
There are some photos;
AE21 on our stand, in the new orange colour

Here's the AE21 on the Via France Design Stand

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Peugeot 108, Citroen C1

As well as bicycle design I have been known to dabble in a bit of car design too. OK 23 years of dabbling, but my latest as possibly last piece of car design was recently released at the Geneva auto salon.
The latest generation of PSA small cars have an interior design I worked on (with Matthieu Hagnere). It was a fun project because we worked with a team from Toyota and the same interior can be seen on the new Aygo.

Peugeot 108 In progress sketch