cornelius comanns: bufalino
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aug 22, 2010

cornelius comanns: bufalino

‘bufalino’ interior view

‘bufalino’ by german industrial designer cornelius comanns is a small camper which is equipped to meet the basic needs of one person. the concept behind the project is to offer absolute flexibility during periods of travel. the minimalist construction is based on the existing piaggio APE 50 three wheeled light transport vehicle; a model chosen for its economic and fuel efficient benefits. however, the more complex structural components such as the frame, the chassis, and engine are derived from the original piaggio model.

cornelius comanns: bufalino interior view

‘my aim was to give people a better understanding of the country, the surrounding, and the range they have travelled. the travelling vehicle is always with you like some kind of a base camp, while also being used for moving on in an easygoing and spontaneous way. ‘ -CC

cornelius comanns: bufalino back view

‘bufalino’ encourages users to explore the surrounding off beaten tracks. meanwhile the furnished interior consisting of a bed, two seating units, a cooking zone, a basin, storage space, a water tank and a refrigerator offers the comforts of a home.

cornelius comanns: bufalino

cornelius comanns: bufalino the back doors of the camper also functions as a space for drying clothes

cornelius comanns was the first prize winner of designboom’s ‘intelligent hand‘ competition for his entry of ‘schlagschatten‘ lamp.

cornelius comanns: bufalino front view

cornelius comanns: bufalino detail

cornelius comanns: bufalino detail

cornelius comanns: bufalino bottom view of driver’s seat

cornelius comanns: bufalino

cornelius comanns: bufalino sleeping area and cooking zone

cornelius comanns: bufalino

cornelius comanns: bufalino

cornelius comanns: bufalino

cornelius comanns: bufalino production mockup

cornelius comanns: bufalino production mockup

cornelius comanns: bufalino production mockup

cornelius comanns: bufalino

  • Lol. It’s really fun.

    Ben says:
  • awesome very inspiring

    db says:
  • I like it very much:)

    leelin says:
  • Man has everything in that vehicle. No motivation to have more. Vehicle forces people to live alone, don’t have children etc 🙂 Selfdestruction:)

    child says:
  • It would be interesting if multiple vehicles could join together to make larger dwellings/workspaces. Making collapsible exterior sunshades or even tent-rooms could make living/working less claustrophobic.

    Michaelc says:
  • Stirrings of a modern nomadic culture!

    sixfootbrit says:
  • Add a porta toilet and shower and we are off…

    Imajin says:
  • Great proof of concept. Everything for personal needs but a toilet. In motion I worry about stability because of the high center of gravity and exposure to cross winds; a wider rear stance would help.

    Tom P says:
  • where´s the shower?

    netjer says:
  • make it.

    make it

    i am going to buy immediately…

    i love this….

    camper says:
  • Dibs on having a prototype for extensive testing 😉

    Farske says:
  • @ Emilio
    The people in the linked video are using the Piaggio APE TM which is double as big as the APE 50 that is used in this concept. The APE 50 completely fits on the back of the APE TM from the video.
    look here:
    [url=] APE on APE [/url]

    Ape says:
  • Bloody useless. Take an already anemic platform, and weigh it down to make it almost immobile. Then compromise the basic structure such that it wouldn’t pass any safety inspections anywhere. Pretend that you’re making things multi-functional by having a door that is also a washing line. End result, useless project from a first year design student with no background in engineering.

    Slugsie says:
  • Very cool!
    What are the chances of production?

    Brent Blake says:
  • ehm, ok but… I dont think you can goo too far with that thing… its still and APE 50 guys… i find it very creative but useless at the same time.

    albert says:
  • waow !!
    in my country Indonesia-Jakarta
    this vehicle like “bajai”
    “all in one bajai”

    permission to repost
    [url=] Astaga Naga [/url]

    ardi chris says:
  • Hey, nice one. Take a look at a friend’s project. He travelled all the way down to Portugal with his Ape. Not always that easy.

    I think Cornelius should get to know him… 🙂

    Jens says:
  • …forgot to mention that he started his trip in Hamburg, Germany !!!!!!!!! ….for those who think that an Ape only works for city-center-trips.

    Jens says:
  • thanks to Jens from the comment above, i stumbled upon this. Very nice idea!
    As i am doing a journey through Europe with my Piaggio APE at the moment, i do know what would be just great to have at what location 🙂
    Though i am using the bigger model.
    Right now it is raining like hell and i am surfing
    the web while sitting inside the back of my car.
    You can check the trip at

    Thanks for this idea!

    Carlos says:
  • I like it. What about noise though? If you plan to sleep on the road with this you would need great soundproofing or a big box of earplugs. Also, what about power? That small motor and battery won’t power lights and a laptop very long, perhaps a solar panel on the roof would be more useful than lounging on it.
    I can see this being very popular for summers in Greece

    HAndy says:
  • this summer me and my girlfriend made a trip from portugal to poland with an ape tm 50 as a camper. we made max 200km a day it took 1.5 months sitting about 8 hours side by side on a bench. not forgetable.

    [email protected]

    tomo says:
  • Also could use some blinds or curtains for privacy when sleeping! But all in all very cute.

    Leslie Wilson-Rutterford says:
  • To whom do I make out the check?

    Todd says:
  • Not sure why I’d want to cook, eat and sleep in a place with no bathroom 🙂

    Ellen says:
  • Looked a bit sad

    remy chen says:
  • toilet??
    but…..i loved it!!!

    ahseng says:
  • Wouldn’t this drive like a Reliant Robin?

    Bretton says:
  • Getting the public to lower their expectations in life is sad.

    6fthotlook says:
  • wow amazing, it just looks like the tuk tuk in thailand!

    Jacky says:
  • this is awesome 😀
    I want one immediately
    [url=] lonely girl[/url]

    YELDDAA says:
  • Brilliant design concept. The three wheel design works very well in North America as it qualifies as a motor cycle thus not having to qualify as a car. It wouldn’t be to bad being homeless if I could afford on of these guys. A step up from

    Hermann says:
  • I would take 2 if it had a toilet!!!

    Kathy says:
  • When can I take delivery?

    CAF says:
  • A modern wheelie bin for the disposal of humans, save big expense on funerals, but dont leave it on the driveway, some sh!t brained council worker will fine you for leaving it out overnight.

    Millions of them here in India, we could do with having them in the big cities & reduce the amount of cars, they are brill for getting around town and zipping in & out of heavy traffic, bring em on.

    Modern Thinker says:
  • Only disadvantage, not easy to have sex inside.

    goodman says:
  • this is great… i want one. where can they be bought???

    bob gorman says:
  • Wou.. it’s so cool..
    How could I bought it?

    RANY says:
  • I would dearly love to import and distribute these into my country. I believe they would answer the problem of homelessness for many single older people, who have an income, yet nowhere to live. The main reasons are lack of affordable housing, and the cost of rentals, but something like the Buffalino would provide many with a roof over their heads, which would cost much less per week than rental accommodation. There are also serviced camping sites within most towns and cities offering ablution blocks and social amenities. With the growing population, I foresee a time when these forms of accommodation will be the norm.

    maggieb2409 says:
  • I bet that thing smells absolutely horrid after a couple of days.

    Huh? says:

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