The German company Becker invited industrial designers to come up with new products that could be applied to Becker’s modern wood molding technology. Inspired by Germany’s unique craft tradition of making wooden sleds, we designed a snowsled.
Driving pickup at the Becker factory in Brakel.
An important detail of our design are the support springs under the seat.
The Sled is made from a single sheet of plywood and needs only one mold to create the bends which give it its structure. Eliminating the use of other materials will keep costs of production down and the use of only beech wood stimulates the local forestry industry. The support springs under the seat are made from the offcuts from the wood between the skis.
The bottom side of the sled is inspired by carving skis which have narrow waists, facilitating carving and edge control.
Project in collaboration with Sabine Marcelis. The model is made by Torstein Brandth.