Kinderfeets Toy by Oscar Mulder

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Kinderfeets

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Toy

INSPIRATION:
My son and vintage Dutch "granny" bicycles.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Kinderfeets™ is a wooden balance bike for children 2 to 5. It provides a starting point for children preparing to ride a “normal” two-wheeled bicycle with pedals. To differentiate this balance bike from others we had these design objectives: -6 Chalkboard finish color options, this allows children to customize their balance bike with chalk. -Foot pegs for cruising, this will make the transition to pedals even easier. -Low step through frame, allows for lower settings of the seat and easy on-and-off of the rider. -Forever-Air-Tires, no more flat tires for absolute minimum maintenance. -Washable seat cover.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Kinder Feets™ is a Patented balance bike, also known as a training bike or a running bike. It provides a great starting point for children preparing to ride a “normal” two-wheeled bicycle with pedals. It’s a clever alternative to training wheels and is considered a superior form of learning to balance on two wheels. The Kinder Feets™ is for ages 2 and older and can carry a maximum load of 70 lbs. These are some of the key features the Kinder Feets™ has over other push bikes: footpegs for cruising, low step through frame allows for lower settings of the seat, Forever-Air-Tires, washable seat cover and chalkboard finish colors!

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project design started in january 2010, finished january 2011 and was in the stores September 2011

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Formaldehyde-free birch plywood.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
38mm X 81mm X 58mm 4 kilo's

TAGS:
balance bike, push bike, toy, kids, bicycle

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
The existing wooden balance bikes have some issues. When my son was 2 year old he didn't fit on them yet, when he finally did he had nowhere to put his feet when cruising. He also wanted to draw on them but couldn't due to the material. I have been a professional designer for 20 years so this was a great design challenge for me. these were the final design objectives, we have also received a patent on them: -6 Chalkboard finish color options, this allows children to customize their balance bike with chalk. -Foot pegs for cruising, this will make the transition to pedals even easier. -Low step through frame, allows for lower settings of the seat and easy on-and-off of the rider. -Forever-Air-Tires, no more flat tires for absolute minimum maintenance. -Washable seat cover.

ADDED DATE:
2012-05-07 14:00:59

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Oscar V. Mulder and

IMAGE CREDITS:
Oscar Mulder, 2012.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.kinderfeets.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
MULDER DESIGN

PROFILE:
Oscar V. Mulder, a dutch designer living in California designed the Kinderfeets.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Kinderfeets Toy by Oscar Mulder is a Nominee in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Category.

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Kinderfeets Toy by Oscar Mulder is Winner in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Category, 2012 - 2013.



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