DESIGN

Detachable Vingla balance bike is both educative and fun

A pedagogical tool that counterbalances the increasing flat screen-focused learning.
By ERIK SEDIN
January 25, 2021

Leading up to his graduation from Beckmans College of Design, Rasmus Steyner Randén wanted to set the bar high for his senior project. He decided to infuse his industrial design fascination of human behaviour with his personal allure of two-wheeled mobility, resulting in the Vingla balance bicycle.

— I knew I wanted to challenge myself. I am inspired by pedagogy and haptics, and was hungry for a counteraction to modern pedagogical tools that are often associated with flat screens. The idea of a running bike gradually emerged during the process. It felt like an optimal carrier of what I wanted to create due to its different components, he explains.

The Vingla balance bicycle consists of three components; a body, a handlebar and the two wheels. The different parts are easily assembled and dismantled with thanks to the yellow coded pins and straps, pedagogically designed for young riders and engineers. The handlebar and wheels come in different sizes, allowing the children to switch up outgrown parts as the years go by.

Steyner Randén’s playful yet instructive approach has not gone unnoticed, and that highly mounted bar helped Vingla take off without delay. The balance bicycle has together with 25 other creations been assigned the Ung Svensk Form award — Svensk Form (The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design) and IKEA Museum’s initiative to increase the knowledge of new innovative Swedish design.

Speaking of increasing the knowledge of design, Steyner Randén is hoping that Vingla and it’s educative design message reaches as many kids as possible.

— I am currently working on how the ownership of the run bike would look like. I want to find a way to make it available to more people. Your socio-economic situation should not determine what toys your child has, Steyner Randén concludes.

”Your socio-economic situation should not determine what toys your child has”

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