NESKA POLITA - BIKE HOLDER
by Ana V. Francés
NESKA POLITA is a support destined to park the bike in a functional and esthetic way in a reduced spaces. It is destined for young and dynamic people who value the bike, as a functional transport and a static element.
The form comes conceived by concepts which are attributed to the bike such as simplicity, environmental friendliness and low economy. The wood prevents wall soiling and the support in a leather holder is adaptable to all types of tires, avoiding scratches on them.
1. How did your idea come up?
In the studio we are people who have been using bike practically the whole life and we wanted to do something about it. The idea came from the simple observation of a problem, in my case I am a student and have lived in several rented flats in which I have always had the same problem; Where do I leave my bike?. We made an observation and investigation phase and we realized that this problem is repeated many times.
The bike has many positive aspects as economics, simplicity, ecology, healthy living … with Neska polita, we wanted to include its look in a part of a house every day.
Once the prototype done we were offered to include it in a Spanish crowfunding platform with what we could have more diffusion and as a resume, the project was successful.
2. WhY this name “Neska- Polita?
Neska polita is an expression in Euskera language that means “pretty girl”. With our holder, it was that we wanted to transmit, the bike as aesthetic and decorative element and practical too.
Neska polita is a holder bike in which you show your bike to others and the bike is the main element, no the holder. It is a way to be proud of your “pretty girl”.
The reason why it is written in Euskera language is because it is one of the communities that more use and importance give to bicycles as transportation; as well my mother is from there and is a place that I have much affection.
3. Why a bike support?
The idea of a holder bike came as a solution for own problem and a many people problem too which is not find a specific space to leave the bike, whether for space or lack of “parking”.
Currently the bike world as a static level is booming but otherwise most people still keeping the bike on the terrace or in the garage. That is why we decided to design a bicycle holder also save space and create a specific place to leave it at home and the bike serves as a decorative element in your living room, bedroom…
The bike goes from being a nuisance to being an aesthetic element.
4. Where are you based and why?
In the study we always focus more on the conceptual phase, we are a young studio, made by designers from 22 to 24 years old and this is the phase where we are most comfortable.
When we designed Neska polita, we wanted to emphasize the emotional bond that is created between users and bicycle and formally express the simplicity that now reigns in the world of bikes, so we decided to focus on very simple elements, but effectives at the same time, that each item fulfills its function.
Moreover we wanted all the attention it will take by the bike, we didn´t want to make a holder that will steal part of this role, so we follow a very simple aesthetic element, which fit with the other furniture in the house but go unnoticed.
5. Which bike do you ride?
Two years ago I rescued a frame from a Torrot bike which my father had around the attic and I turned it into fixed gear. I adapted the rest of the pieces from other bikes or I have purchased the rest. I have always used the bicycle as transportation and currently it is this bike which I use every day.
6. Any Future project?
We always have something to do in the studio, we not close to anything and we find very interesting the fact to experiment with product design, graphics and photography. Personally it takes my attention the developments which are taking 3D printing and everything to do with it, so surely we will do something about it soon.