Sleds represent traditional winter entertainment. From design view it is a very nice object. Its construction can be compared to shapes of the furniture, too. Maybe it is the reason, why design of the sleds can be so attractive for contemporary designers. Sleds form stands somewhere between the furniture, product design, sport and feeling with returning to our childhood.
For our special curated article we choose some of the contemporary sleds designs ranging from the re-inventing the traditional forms to conceptual thinking about the object. So there are our three attitudes to design this winter and snow enjoyment.
Re-inventing the classics
Classic form of the sleds is based on the curved wood construction. This type of construction was used by Prague based design studio Olgoj Chorchoj for design of the sled for traditional Czech furniture company Ton. Ton is famous for the bending wood furniture produced since 1856. Olgoj Chorchoj designed the sled as a part of the new 2010 Ton collection of the furniture. The pure aerodynamic design demonstrates all technological advances of Ton and its production of the furniture. The similar approach to design the sleds we can see in Wolfgang Sirch`s Snow Peak sled.
In three sleds designs featured here, we can see new high-tech design attitude. Porsche Design created Aluminum sled, which is specified by the very pure minimalist shape made out of aluminum frame with stainless steel runners. From stainless steel tubing is made cantilevered sled design from the Thonet, too. Sled s 333 pay homage to the company`s heritage and uses the classic material of the functionalist furniture design in a new way. One seat sled is made out of the one curved tube. The last design in this category is the BMW Sauber F1 sled made out of heavy-duty durable plastic. The unique one-off piece design has a very strong aggressive look remaining the aesthetic of the BMW F1 formula.
Our third category is closer to art then design, maybe. Conceptual design of the designers-artists came to the sled design, too. Rolf Sachs, renowned London based artist created his Inseper-able from two classic Davoser ash hardwood sleds. The outcome is the interior table made out of these sleds. The similar art attitude had designer Kieren Jones who created one sled as a part of his Flat Pack Re-arranged collection of furniture. In this project he made out of IKEA best selling products total different things. His Sled he created from the Poang chair`s parts, famous IKEA armchair.