Folium Water repellant bicycle saddle by Brook S. Kennedy

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Folium

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Water repellant bicycle saddle

INSPIRATION:
The inspiration for Folium developed in two stages: first, the idea came from observing bicyclists struggle awkwardly with wet bicycle seats after rain showers. Often, unsightly plastic grocery bags and other work-arounds are used to cover bike saddles. Secondly, Folium was inspired by the water repellent abilities of Lotus leaves which in principle could help saddles repel rain without needing an additional cover. Recently, new technologies such as roll-to-roll processing have shown potential to mass replicate the nano-scale 'Lotus effect' phenomenon without chemical treatments that wear off over time.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Folium incorporates Roll-to-roll technology to enable the production of a micro-engraves seat surface that is both durable and comfortable. No spray-on chemicals are needed which ultimately wear off. This technology has been used to produce commercially available surface films like Sharklet, which is being piloted in hospitals to reduce the spread of infections.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Folium bike saddles can be left outside confidently in the rain. When rain hits the saddle, water droplets bead on the surface material and by the shape of the saddle, roll off. An open channel in the middle of the saddle keeps water droplets from remaining at the crest. Ridges on the seat surface texture help channel water off the saddle while providing a grip surface texture for the cyclist to sit on. The linear texture also communicates the technological novelty of the roll-to-roll material.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Folium is a self-initiated project begun in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA with the partnership of Flexcon in Spencer, Massachusetts, USA. The project is ongoing.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Unexpected Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Folium incorporates Roll-to-roll technology to enable the production of a micro-engraves seat surface that is both durable and comfortable. No spray-on chemicals are needed which ultimately wear off.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Length 260mm x Width 160mm x Height 70mm

TAGS:
Sustainable design, Bioinspired design, Biomimetic design, New materials, Hydrophobic materials

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Folium is part of a larger research and development effort to further understand ways in which biological phenomenon and modern manufacturing technology can provide the basis for practical, improved design experiences in the present. Folium demonstrates real world potential of Biomimetics.

CHALLENGE:
After observing many examples of hydrophobic (water repellant) behaviors of plants in the natural world, including Lotus plants and many others, the main challenge became finding an appropriate technology that could manufacture bio-mimetic details at the nano meter scale that occurs in nature. Roll-to-roll technology is a critical enabler to produce desired effect.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-17 20:41:44

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Brook Kennedy

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 Brook Kennedy
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PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
US and International design and utility patents pending, along with copyrights and trademarks.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Folium

PROFILE:
An experimental startup company focusing on high tech textiles for the consumer marketplace.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Folium Water Repellant Bicycle Saddle by Brook S. Kennedy is a Nominee in Unexpected Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Folium Water Repellant Bicycle Saddle by Brook S. Kennedy is Winner in Unexpected Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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