Mazda’s newest designs don’t come with 4-cylinder engines, or seat belts, or air bags. The automaker’s newest concepts are a couch and a bike.
On Tuesday, Mazda unveiled two pieces of artwork, “Bike by KODO concept’’ and “Sofa by KODO concept.’’ They will both be on display as part of the “Mazda Design: The Car as Art’’ exhibition in Milan, Italy.
Both the bike and the sofa were inspired by Mazda’s “KODO – Soul of Motion’’ design philosophy. The imprint can be seen on the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-9, which all feature flowing lines that intend to capture the spirit of movement even when the vehicle is at rest.
According to a press release from Mazda, surprisingly few parts were used to make the bike. For example, the frame was crafted from a single sheet of steel and the bike’s black leather saddle is hand-stitched and uses the same red thread and stitch pattern found in the interior design of the Mazda MX-5.
The bike is designed to “express the innate beauty of the bicycle,’’ according the statement.
Meanwhile, “Sofa by KODO’’ might be the perfect couch for a mid-life crisis if you can’t afford a Mazda Miata convertible. According to the company release, the sofa “evokes the strong stance common to all of Mazda’s new-generation vehicles.’’
It features a polished aluminum frame and a subtle but striking hint of red in the middle.
A matching table has a wing-like shape and a metallic trim with a glass top.
On its website, Mazda defines its KODO design as a method of creating an emotional bond between car and driver.
The exhibit will also feature works by traditional Japanese craftsmen inspired by Mazda’s KODO philosophy.