kenneth cobonpue: phoenix bamboo concept car
kenneth cobonpue: phoenix bamboo concept car kenneth cobonpue: phoenix bamboo concept car
oct 19, 2011

kenneth cobonpue: phoenix bamboo concept car

‘phoenix’ by kenneth cobonpue and albrecht birkner image © kenneth cobonpue all images courtesy of





filipino designer kenneth cobonpue and german product designer albercht birkner explore the connections between technology and nature in the ‘phoenix’ bamboo concept car. in 10 days, craftsman and weavers handmade the automobile from bamboo, rattan, steel and nylon.
the form of the outer shell mimics the structure of a leaf, using a single spine similar to those found in vertebrae and plants. the exterior shell is woven starting at the front, proceeding to the rear, enveloping the interior which seamlessly forms the dashboards and seats as it continues backwards. the two parts are connected in the tail of the vehicle, creating the ‘stem’.
phoenix does not only focus on the form, but also the idea of a car being heavy and industrial. the biodegradable materials challenge the notion of dense, long lasting materials in vehicular design. it looks at the option of inexpensively and ecologically replacing the shell if need be while maintaining the same inner construct. the proposal introduces nature and craftsmanship into automotive technology.

side view of frame and rattan shell  image © kenneth cobonpue


view from behind image © kenneth cobonpue

  • I can just imagine the young man whispering

    “broom broom”

    dbkii says:
  • LOL!

    Matty W says:
  • Engineering? For what?

    Sergius says:
  • this is as futuristic as you can get

    rodrigo says:
  • Finally a concept car that wakes us up from sleep caused by the clones of the car industry.
    In any case, this concept car is truly innovative: its formal conception, its aesthetics, the materials employed.
    More importantly, it is a concept car, so let us hope declinations as interesting as the model presented in this article.

    iBouc says:
  • cool concept!!!

    calin says:
  • Flintstones 🙂

    PKovachev says:
  • Kenneth is doing pretty cool and very thoughtful work. the basic idea of the car is surely a use within the crowded cities of asia, where you have slow traffic and accidents are limited mostly to scratches and/or so. lots of natural (green) and recycled materials do honor the concept a lot – besides its mere (beautiful) aesthetics… says:
  • that man in the picture is kenneth cobonpue..

    kia says:

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