Floh (Travel Luggage) by Rohan Siebel
2016 - 2017, Platinum A' Fashion and Travel Accessories Design Award Winner
Inspiration for styling has mainly come from fighter jets, but the function has come from both Formula 1 cars for their highly maneuverable steering systems, and high end kick scooters.
Floh is a travel luggage system that you can either ride as a scooter, roll as a trolley bag or wear as a backpack or shoulder bag. The drive module is a 3 wheeled scooter that utilizes Ackerman type steering which allows you to navigate around obstacles at both low and high speeds. The Floh system comes with two different bags where either can be attached to the Drive Module. The larger bag is a hard shell case with concealed backpack straps. The smaller bag is a messenger type bag.
Design Challenges
Fulfilling the brief in general was a monumental task. Being a totally unique product there is nothing to compare it to or reference it against when you get stuck. It has so many complexities where each effects the other so it’s like a balancing act. Having to consider the riding experience, the foldability, the ease of transforming the product into its different modes, the durability and not to mention the size, weight and cost constraints and above all the safety aspects, it was a huge task but extremely rewarding to see the final outcome.
Production Technology
I worked with dozens of factories to use the right production techniques and materials to achieve the desired results. For the Drive Module I used a factory that specializes in scooters and bicycle frames. I tested many different plastics before finally choosing a short strand glass fibre reinforced nylon as it provided the high stiffness required for the high stress areas while maintaining small part sizes. The large bag has some very deep features that required the vacuum forming factory to create a new system to make sure the film wasn't stretched too thin during the forming process.
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