Frequently Asked Questions
We both grew up close to the Alps. Arno is from Geneva Switzerland and Max is from Ulm, Germany. In this region, the sled is an object of immense cultural value. Around the turn of the century, the sled was one of the most important Alpine transport vehicles during snowy winters. Today, the 'Davoser' sled, as a leisure object, is a term recognized world wide and hence is deeply rooted in the cultural image of the Alpine region.
We met while studying at the Royal College of Art where we began working on a series of design products that fold flat. Our first project, Folding Boat, was nominated for the Federal Swiss Design Awards in 2013. Recently we’ve collaborated with commercial clients such as Jaguar and Land Rover to develop, test and produce a series of ‘flat pack’ design accessories.
These projects combined with our shared Alpine background and love of outdoor activities led us to develop the Folding Sled.Last updated:
Folding Sled is composed of a folding plastic seat shell connected to traditional, wooden skates. The hinges that allow the sled to fold are integrated into the seat shell via scoring the plastic. Rotating steel brackets are located in the centre of the seat and are used to structure the sled.
An intuitive latch system is used to connect the skates to the brackets when the sled is assembled. Each material is carefully chosen and considered in respect to its properties and function.
We are applying our expertise in plastic hinging technology to one of the main components of the Folding Sled - the seat shell. The seat of the sled is made from a durable and recyclable engineering plastic (HDPE) and is cut and scored by a computer controlled manufacturing process. The strength and flexibility of this material, due to its molecular structure, make this the ideal choice for folding applications, not to mention its performance in cold weather conditions.
The sled skates are made from steam bent ash wood. Our manufacturer, Graf Schlitten, sources local ash wood, which is ideal for steam bending sled skates and has been used in traditional sled building for more than a century.
Steam bending is a long-standing craft process that involves steaming wood until it is malleable. The soft wood is then formed through a series of high-pressure moulds.Last updated:
Graf Schlitten is a Swiss sled manufacturer. The company makes wooden sleds and wooden components for furniture. Most of their products are produced using steam bending techniques.
Graf Schlitten has a deep understanding of their local materials and values the high standards of traditional craftsmanship we admire. They harvest and cure locally grown trees that later form the wooden components for the Folding Sled. This attention to detail guarantees a quality product.Last updated:
It takes 10 months to make Folding Sleds - this doesn’t include harvesting and curing the trees for steam bending, which takes place one year before.
Because of the time each phase of production requires, Graf Schlitten has to determine how many sleds need to be produced for the following winter season at the beginning of every year. Once it is decided how many sleds they will produce, the manufacturing cycle begins.
After many stages of steam bending, various drying cycles for the wood and pre-fabricating all of the components, the sleds can finally be assembled before they are varnished, packed and then shipped to you, just in time for winter!Last updated:
Folding Sled is designed to carry two adults.
Dimensions flat: 110cm x 40cm x 8cm
Dimensions assembled: 110cm x 40cm x 28cm
materials: HDPE plastic, ash wood, steel
Weight: 8 kgLast updated:
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