'ivy' by sono mocci   'seoul cycle design' competition shortlist revealed 'ivy' by sono mocci   'seoul cycle design' competition shortlist revealed
sep 13, 2010

'ivy' by sono mocci 'seoul cycle design' competition shortlist revealed

‘ivy’ by sono mocci

‘ivy’ by sono mocci from italy is one of the shortlisted design entries from more than 3000 participants in our recent designboom competition, ‘seoul cycle design competition 2010‘, organized in collaboration with seoul design foundation.

designer’s own words: ‘why does our bicycle need to be connected to light poles by chains like a criminal in prison? inspired by nature, the design of this cable wire lock is a mimicry of ivy. it is unified in our daily scene and promotes protection of the environment. it is soft and feels natural. ‘ivy’ is a plug to awaken the relationship between you and society. 4 dial number lock, steel wire + silicon gom covered. 2 sizes: short (900mm), long (1500mm)’

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  • I liked it!
    Is it plastic? I wonder about reliability…

    Nur Toptas says:
  • it is nice, but too thin, it is too easy to be cut.

    1234 says:
  • Very poetic!
    I guess the aim of competitions is to push new ideas, that can be developed further. I don’t think in this step it is relevant of how thick the cord is.

    Valeria says:
  • There’s a reason why bikes are chained like criminals. We need them to stay put like criminals. This is a nice concept but I feel like that wire could be cut easily.

    skim says:
  • YES, IT IS TOO WEAK>
    APART FROM THIS – GREAT ATTENTION TO DETAIL,
    LOVE IT.

    ROY says:
  • Lovely! The wire might be a bit too thin, but I am sure it would grip at the guilty conscience of those who are snipping it.

    rian says:
  • Really really effortless design. If the thinness is a problem, just get a whole bunch of them! Overgrow the bike with ivy!

    romina says:
  • finally…simple and poetic, best entry published so far!

    (I actually have a question for the Designboom team: isn’t the jury going to be somehow influenced by the comments on this entries? Is it completetly fair towards all the other shortlisted projects that have not been published in your blog? I don’t mean to be polemic…don’t get me wrong)

    a d k v says:
  • Come on !
    It looks great !
    If someone decide to steal your bike, no matter how big the chain is, they will cut it.
    Think that new material can be more efficient

    dude says:
  • love it! a lot!

    lesigner says:
  • Really nice design. Romantic view of something that is not.

    Sadly most users perception here counts: “it’s not safe”. It’s probably nature green taste fault (no matter how “large” it will be). Sono, I am sure you could try to evolve this good concept in something that make people think: “it’s a secure, solid (function), romantic and cute (fashion) chain! (used to)”. Then I will be your first customer.

    Brera_Pista says:
  • looks great!
    but I can cut it with my nail…. It’s art.

    catalandesigner says:
  • it’s beautiful! i love it!

    but, yes, very weak, even chains are weak.

    one of the strongest locks are the U shaped locks, using steel and granit (but still not impossible to cut). make that into an ivy :p

    Kuranes says:
  • verry creative.. like the idea verry much.!!!

    henkhenk says:
  • If only it was made of something other than steel wire…
    But it is gorgeous. I am in love!

    amiga says:
  • nice looking but i need the guarantee as well

    Max at Cash Back Stores says:
  • similar (and maybe inspired by):
    http://www.cmybacon.com/2010/06/leaf-zip-ties/

    eyeball says:
  • Different beauty, more poetic ,The wire might be a little bit too thin. but changeable.

    jim says:
  • It would not look that natural with a thicker wire.

    Herbert says:
  • brilliant idea!!!very poetic…:)

    anthe says:
  • similar (and probably inspired by):
    http://drawingfrommemory.com/_blog/Flurries/post/Cord_Heaven/

    jean duce says:
  • really nice idea.

    I’m sure it could be made stronger without ruining the effect

    mommus says:
  • Love the idea. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it permanently in the tie-down area of the yard, but I suspect the “leaves” aren’t going to stay attached very long once they begin to endure the rigours or daily riding.
    The presentation of the product is really nice, too – I’m tempted to find that colour and paint my own bike…

    Dan says:
  • I think the idea should follow the function not opposite. The bike lock is not about just being nice.

    egle says:
  • Hi sono, nice work
    jean duce and eyeball are anther competitors…?
    how it is?, eyeball… similar ? 🙂

    foooom says:
  • I’m no direct competitor, I’m just the eyeball.

    I’d like this bikelock. It’s lush.

    eyeball says:
  • Yes Romina – overgrow the bike with ivy…
    I would steal the lock but never steal someones bike.

    Free Form Constructural Realism says:
  • meh. uninspired and contrived. How can you call this “green” when you just apply the color and slap on some tacky plastic leaves. There are probably so many toxic petrochemicals that would be used to make this thing. And yes, it is a big deal that it’s so dainty! A bike chain/lock is supposed to do just that; lock up your bike. I would chop this thing in a second and ride away clean.

    zim zow says:
  • The innovative message, Their penal servitude was finished. bicycle were released from the chain..Now It was joined by a part of natural environment.

    kong says:
  • Superb design.

    I like it says:
  • It makes me smile.

    lock on says:
  • I prefer my D-lock !

    André says:
  • It’s beautiful… but completely useless.

    Strong scissors could cut through that thing and to those saying that ‘it’s a design thing at this stage’ and that ‘the thickness of the cord could be altered’ are missing the point. Don’t you think the designer already thought about that? Of course they did, and they realised that if you made the cord thicker, even just a small amount, then the ‘design’ element is lost as the proportions would be all wrong… and that’s the only thing going for the product – hence it’s a dead end.

    As an idea it shouldn’t really have made it past the first hour’s research as even a quick glance at the bike lock market would show you the required thickness needed to withstand even a small pair of bolt cutters. Another example of style over substance I’m afraid

    Freddie says:

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