A Bicycle With a Flat Frame Is an Impractical Masterpiece

With its flowing metal frame, wooden handlebars and seat post, and proprietary headset, this bicycle puts form on a par with function. It might not be the most practical ride, but it's certainly one of the most beautiful.

The brainchild of Hungarian designer Kisszsombor, the KZS Cycle attempts to combine 2D structures into a 3D form, to turn flat design into a useable object. Its phosphorescent rectangular frame and fork, wooden handlebar and seat post, and minimalist pedals—they all bring together neat geometrical patterns to the bike, creating an aesthetic that somehow manages to blend organic and industrial into a beautifully coherent package. The end result is beautiful, if impractical for day-to-day cycling.

A Bicycle With a Flat Frame Is an Impractical Masterpiece

This isn't the first unusual frame we've seen in recent months, either. Last year, we gawked over this carbon frame that seemed impossibly thin and flat, and then there was this bent-wood frame from the venerable furniture maker Thonet, which did away with the seat post entirely.

Though these are one-off experiments, there are plenty other unusual bespoke frame popping up online these days—so it's only a matter of time before we see them on the streets. [Design Boom]

A Bicycle With a Flat Frame Is an Impractical Masterpiece