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plattfuss
  
rubber bands made from recycled bike tubes

Fffffffffff...flat tyre... Who hasn't been there and seen their bike-ride bump to an untimely end? You get off, resign to the impact of a puncture and have your bike mended in time.
Bike tubes are scrapped in the thousands every year, valuable material goes to waste.
In the shape of «plattfuss», the bike tubes are made re-usable and given a life-extension of sorts.

ca. 70 rubber bands, various sizes
Production: Heimstätten Wil, Switzerland
© tät-tat GmbH and gump- & drahtesel, 2009
Design: Brigitta and Benedikt Martig-Imhof

 

Awards: Design Plus 2010

NOMINEE Designpreis Deutschland 2011

 

 

Background Stories

«tät-tat»
The design workshop «tät-tat» has been working hand in hand with social institutions since 1994. The project is based on a simple concept: creating products of superior design and quality, inspired by the skills of the people taken care of within these institutions as well as the technical possibilities available in the workshops, and marketing these creations through «normal» commercial channels. Not hoping others will have pity, but being innovative and successful: that?s the motto of «tät-tat».

«Gump-& Drahtesel»
are a social company specialised in recycling bicycles and toys and who aim at the professional integration of unemployed people.

«Bicycles for Africa»
«Gump-& Drahtesel» export around 7000 bicycles and spares to Africa every year, thus building a bridge between the affluence in some parts of the world and the shortage in others. The bicycle-gathering in Switzerland set up for this purpose always also generates a considerable surplus of fascinating bicycle-materials. These in turn inspire new objects for everyday use, which tät-tat create and make fit for series production in Switzerland and for distribution worldwide.


item number unit price CHFr. unit price €    
10130 5.50 4.60