Fritsch+Durisotti Show off Experimental Laminated Bamboo Tri-Carrier

Fritsch+Durisotti Show off Experimental Laminated Bamboo Tri-Carrier

Parisian designers Amtpome Fritsch and Vivien Durisotti are known for their green approach to furniture design, especially their use of natural fibers like bamboo and rattan. Aiming to optimize the natural attributes of the materials in the most efficient way possible, Fritsch+Durisotti design some beautiful furniture that once it reaches the end of its life cycle can end up in the compost, rather than the trash.

They also experiment with bikes.

As you might imagine, a company that bases its design on green principles, also feels pretty strongly about the cleanest forms of transport. Judging by their website, Fritsch+Durisotti were doing bamboo bikes before it was cool – collaborating with the CEO of Hermes in 1994 to create a frame made of natural bamboo, linen thread for lugs, wooden rims, handlebars, and a cork and leather saddle. Their latest experiment is with glue-laminated bamboo, rather than bamboo in its natural form – sort of like bamboo carbon.

The Tri-carrier is a looker, but just how do you turn it? Find out, next.

Fritsch+Durisotti Show off Experimental Laminated Bamboo Tri-Carrier

The Tri-Carrier is designed as a cargo bike, which you wouldn’t know if you don’t have the rattan cargo basket visible. The press release we received didn’t include an image of the basket, and I was having a hard time figuring out how it would turn – but after digging through their site, the all important basket/handlebar was discovered. The basket utilizes design work perfected with their Spline furniture range, that features a stainless steel framework with natural rattan.

Fritsch+Durisotti Show off Experimental Laminated Bamboo Tri-CarrierThe cargo basket attaches to the front deck and then allows the rider to steer the bike. Designed to carry up to two small children, groceries, or other bulky items, the front cradle is able to be adapted to a number of uses.

Fritsch+Durisotti Show off Experimental Laminated Bamboo Tri-Carrier

From a far, the bike almost looks as if it is made of wood, though the entire frame is crafted from long strands of bamboo fiber that are glued and pressed together. This is what allows for such graceful curves, with the edges smoothed out after the frame has set.


Topmounter - 04/02/13 - 12:25pm

Do they make one for men?

Doug B - 04/02/13 - 12:54pm

Lets hope for a real seat :O)

B - 04/02/13 - 12:54pm

@topmounter yeah, it’s right in the post.

Derek - 04/02/13 - 1:09pm

Where are the brake levers?

Psi Squared - 04/02/13 - 1:10pm

Stupid? Based on…?

Zach Overholt - 04/02/13 - 1:21pm

@Derek, I’m assuming they would be mounted to the basket, though it is an experimental design exercise.

JP - 04/02/13 - 1:59pm

Looks like it has a coaster brake to me

ccolagio - 04/02/13 - 2:01pm

am i the only one who gets really annoyed when you see one of these art/concept bikes with a $30 crankset while hundred of hours was dedicated into the frame fabrication/design/concept?

its one easy way to tell that an avid biker was not involved in the making of this project

RickyBob - 04/02/13 - 2:41pm

Would you not want gears on a cargo bike? This kind of oversight only comes out of the design studios, not real bike companies.

Rob - 04/02/13 - 3:41pm

Can’t imagine that it will be easy to steer with the basket full of heavy stuff like two small children!

MattK - 04/02/13 - 3:56pm

I agree with this being stupid. First off the basket idea puts all the cargo weight on top of your steering rack and you have to turn all of that weight to turn the trike. Second, you are not going to be carrying very much without gears on that contraption. Lastly, what is that bit where a saddle should be? Overall it is a very pretty art piece, but mechanically stupid.

Psi Squared - 04/02/13 - 4:09pm

It’s interesting that so many people confuse a design concept with an actual working model.

Jack - 04/02/13 - 5:53pm

This would be great. Load it up, ride to delivery point, slam on the brakes and … all unloaded for you!

Kevin C - 04/02/13 - 10:57pm

Chain drag

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