VM300 Exercise Bike | 1998 - Look ma no hands! Those who use exercise bikes are not necessarily cyclists, yet stationery bikes have continued to mimic the mobile model. By removing the handlebars and shifting the support to the back, this bike better suits the needs of its users who are often overweight. Removing the front cut production costs by half and slashed the price to $140. While the rest of the fitness product market grew at a 2% rate, this bike rolled to a 55% increase in sales in the year after it was introduced
bicycle computer | 2000 - With a bicycle computer for 10$, we are offering as many people as possible the chance to treat themselves to a simple, attractive, technological product. Isn’t that one of the key values of industrial design? Its social role? This bicycle odometer is a "design-system". 6 product parts can be customised (functions, interface, colour combinations, technology with or without wire, etc.). We invite our customers to customise their odometers to match the colour of their bikes, as well as to "gear up a range". To offer a more accessible price than our competitors, the four products on sale have more than 90% common parts and incorporate a square LCD cleverly transformed into two types of round screen depending on the functions. The presence of the aerial helps to differentiate the cordless versions (invisible for the general public) from the wired-up versions (from the odometer to the sensor fixed on the wheel). Create in 2000
Fitness cabinet | 2004 - FitnessCabinet is a mini gym at home. It comprises all the exercises needed for a full fitness routine: a rowing function to work the heart, rings for the muscles in the upper and lower body and a mat for floor exercises and relaxation. Adjustable resistance pulleys with cables that emerge at the front enable several accessories to be connected up to perform a large number of exercises. Accommodated within the FitnessCabinet, they use a system of springs. A mat opens and folds out into two parts for all the floor exercises. FitnessCabinet would be sold already assembled and ready to use. The rower’s seat simply fits into its rail and the accessories are connected to the clasps on the cables. When stored, the ground area of the product is 30 x 90 cm. When deployed for use, it occupies 210cm x 90 cm.
FitnessRoll | 2007 - FitnessRoll brings together all the exercises you need for staying in shape: a rowing machine option for cardio training, rings for exercising the muscles at the top and the bottom of the body and a mat for floor exercises and relaxation. FitnessRoll is a nomadic fitness product, it rolls up and it unrolls wherever you want it to: anywhere at home, at work or on holiday. Possible sales price for FitnessRoll if launched: 90 euros (in collaboration with Francesco Costacurta)
FitnessPouf | 2007 - FitnessPouf is a mini-fitness gym. With Fitnesspouf you can do all the exercises needed to stay in shape: a rowing machine option for cardio-training, rings for exercising the muscles at the top and the bottom of the body and a mat for floor exercises and relaxation. FitnessPouf is a living room object, when not in use, it’s a pouf. FitnessPouf would be sold already assembled and ready to use. (in collaboration with Francesco Costacurta)
2sTennisTable | 2006 - All ping pong tables are made up of a rigid flat surface. However, the 2SecondsTennisTable is totally the opposite, made from tissues and a flexible easy-to-fold frame. You simply throw the 2secondTennisTable in the air and hey presto, it opens all by itself. Once folded, the idea of an easily transportable ping pong table becomes reality! The stretched tissue provides a playing surface that it is much more user friendly and safer for all the family.
Philippe VAHE