By Holly Burns
Okay, so perhaps Brooklyn designer Kevin Cyr’s Camper Bike and Camper Kart appealed to me because I saw it on the re-nest website while in the midst of packing for a move from Washington, DC, to New York City. Surrounded by boxes of my own clutter, for one brief second I daydreamed about living so minimally that I could employ one of these out-of-the-box concepts. The unusual designs remind me partly of my dad who is an immaculately clean, camper-fanatic and partly of a nomad who wanders the city or countryside. They are inspirational on the one hand for their strategic design; they are small, portable, and do not consume energy and resources. However, on the other hand, they are impractical. Erin Weber, a fellow CATALYST editor, pointed out that a five foot long bed would not work for the average American and she also wondered about locks on the shopping cart wheels? Someone could roll you off somewhere random while you were dreaming on your pillow-top.
Still, I can’t help but applaud Cyr in his effort at innovation and mixing art and design, transportation and habitation. I’d like to see what he did with the inside of these or are they just shells that leave us to be the one to play interior designer? I love finding quirky designers like this and I wonder where Cyr will go next. What could he do with a little red wagon? While Cyr’s intentions were probably more along the lines of sculpture and art, what would happen if his Camper Bike and Camper Kart became the next campy weekend vacation trend?
Picture credit: http://www.kevincyr.net/