Manufacturer: Daiken Ltda
Design: Daniele Adamo
Product: Vehicular Platform
Year manufactured: 2008
Awards: 2008 iF Design Award (Germany)
Description: Vehicular platform which gives people with special needs access to city buses. In its rest position, it can be used as stairs, and when in use it becomes a platform.
Combining functionality, good design and lower production costs for a vehicular platform that gives people with special needs access to city buses. This was the concept for the product projected by designer Daniele Adamo for the electronic industrial company from Paraná, Daiken Ltda.
According to Daniele, the company was already selling vehicular platforms; however, they were very heavy and the manufacturing process required considerable investment. “The equipment of this kind that is available in the Brazilian market is purely functional, and does not take aesthetic aspects into account. A study showed that a redesign and price reduction would make a new platform on the market truly distinctive,” he says. This innovation was recognized by the German iF Product Award, which included the product in its list of winners for the 2008 edition.
When it is in the rest position, the equipment developed by Daniele is used as stairs, and only when it is in operation does it become a platform. The product has a futuristic look. “The look and functioning of the product were inspired by the movement of spaceships,” the designer explains.
The towers that hold up the platform were made with ABS plastic instead of the traditional carbon steel. This change helped reduce costs and achieve a more organic design. Paint with nonferrous materials was used, so that the material could be recycled in the future. For safety and efficiency purposes, carbon steel was used for the pieces that support the stairs and the platform.