Cars are an integral part of childhood play for most kids as they inspire motion and imagination.
As designers and parents of two young boys, we wanted to design and create toys that are eco-friendly, durable and beautiful. Drawing on our experience on working with bamboo we wanted to create products that were influenced by the beauty of natural materials and the joy of hand-crafting. This resulted in 'Made of Bamboo', a new venture featuring beautiful, handcrafted and eco-friendly products.
Combining the minimalist and contemporary design principles with the beauty of bamboo we created a series of toy cars that are natural, beautiful and sustainable.
These cars are hand crafted using eco-friendly materials with minimal industrial processing. Everything used is the product is biodegradable ensuring the toy does not contribute to landfill at the end of life and can be fully composted.
We are launching the Kickstarter campaign with 4 car designs. If the campaign in successful, we have many other design ideas that can be explored.
These launch model designs are developed and refined over the last 2 years. We created various prototypes and tested them in order to ensure that the final products are robust and durable. Our kids and their friends have played with these cars and they absolutely love them.
The Sportster is inspired from the classic sports cars of the mid-twentieth century. Classic sports cars were something out of this world - you know it when you see one. A car with two seats, compact frame and sleek styling, they are the most iconic, famous and desired vehicles.
The Vintage reflects the simplicity and elegance of the early twentieth century cars from the Vintage Era. Although quite minimalist, they have a charm of their own and are one of the most legendary cars that pioneered the automobile revolution.
As the name suggests the F1 Racer is inspired from the Formula 1 racing cars. Synonymous with speed the Formula 1 cars are aerodynamic, super fast and have low centre of gravity.
The Dragster is inspired from the top fuel drag racing cars. Dragsters are among the quickest, accelerating racing vehicles in the world and the fastest sanctioned category of drag racers.
Our cars are made from eco-friendly and natural materials including bamboo, lead free eco paint and natural bees wax finish. The design uses the natural hollow cylindrical form of bamboo and is made with minimal industrial processing making it highly sustainable.
Our cars are hand crafted and hand painted using carefully selected natural and non-toxic materials. Each and every component, its manufacturing and assembling technique is carefully selected in order to ensure high quality finish.
The circular shape of bamboo is perfect for kids to hold and play. The cars use approximately 5cm diameter bamboo pieces and are approximately 20cm long making it ideal to hold and play.
Natural material and finishes combined with the lightweight hollow form of bamboo make the cars completely safe for kids. All the sharp edges have been chamfered and the cars sanded to a silky smooth finish.
We have deliberately kept the design minimalistic to capture the essence of the car shape and promoting kids imagination. Furthermore the kids can paint and decorate the cars with their own stripes, numbers and decals or add their own drivers.
The launch of the Kickstarter campaign is a crucial first step for us at Made of Bamboo. We have some pretty ambitious plans for the future including launching other toys and product designs. Primarily we would like Made of Bamboo to be a design platform that will promote beautiful and sustainable designs. This is where designers from various fields will be encouraged to showcase their innovative designs and we will help them realise their dream to bring them to the market.
Interested to know more about our future plans? See the video below:
Like what you see, support us by backing this campaign. You will not only be buying some really cool and eco-friendly toy cars for your kids or family but you will also be supporting our vision for a sustainable planet and doing your bit for the environment.
We have spent countless number of hours and our own funds to get to this stage. Now we need your support to spread the work and bring our idea to reality.
Made of Bamboo is founded by Munir Vahanvati and Mittul Vahanvati. We are architects and designers, passionate about sustainability. We have more than 15 years of professional experience, working on a range of design and construction projects.
We run a design + build studio called Giant Grass. We have been exploring with bamboo for more than 13 years designing and building structures, furnitures, products and facilitating training workshops, in Australia and overseas. Our projects have been represented at various international conferences including World Bamboo Congress in Bangkok and South Korea and Global Bamboo Summit in Vietnam. In 2015 our design (f)route pod received great recognition internationally and was published in various design blogs around world. We also won silver for this design at the Melbourne Design Award.
Made of Bamboo was born after us becoming parents and from our passion for design and sustainability.
Find out more at www.giantgrassdesign.com
Risks and challenges
Every project has its risks and challenges, but we have done everything possible to minimize the risk for this project.
Our designs have gone through many iterations of design development and prototyping to make sure that the final product can be manufactured to the desired quality and time frames. We have been hands-on for the prototyping phase and have ironed out any issues in terms of moulds, forms, finishes, etc. We have identified suppliers for materials including bamboo and manufacturers for different components. All the background work is done and once we have the pre-orders we will be ready to start the production.
We are using bamboo in its most natural form for this design, so every piece will be slightly different and unique. There might be natural marks and lines on the toys, which not only make them unique but also adds character. As part of the production we will check each and every piece to make sure they are an accurate representation of the images that you see.
Probably the worst case scenario will be that there are delays in production due to unforeseen circumstances or parcels getting delayed/ misplaced in mail. We have allowed some time buffer if this happens so that we can still deliver the toys by mid-Dec 2017. Having said this its hard to predict what might go wrong. But rest assured if something does become an issue we have the relevant experience and skills to deal with it swiftly and satisfactorily.
We are really excited about this and can't wait to get the toys to you as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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