Online global design portal features PH-made eco-motorcycle

Philippines design is steadily rising into the international scene as the locally made eco-motorcycle Green Falcon landed recently in the pages of WGSN’s Design Futures Report, a renowned online trends forecasting portal.

Photo shows the “Green Falcon” with designer Christopher Lacson. The prototype was built by a small team composed of prototype engineer Jess “Sparky” Alimbo, body sculptor Eddie “Bondo” Canete, and bamboo craftsmen from Evolve/OMO Factory

The Design Center of the Philippines of the Department of Trade and Industry said the media exposure could boost the Philippine design industry’s capability to develop products that are forward thinking and potential in influencing global design.

“With Green Falcon and Bamboo Extreme getting featured in WGSN, it pushes the Philippines’ status a notch when it comes to material and design innovation,” said Rhea O. Matute, executive director of DTI-Design Center of the Philippines.

In WGSN’s report entitled “Engineering Nature”, the Green Falcon was listed among other product and material innovations that combined technology and engineering with natural elements.

Inspired by café racers in the 1960s, the Green Falcon is notable for using bamboo for the motorbike’s upper body, a first in the production of motorcycles.

It emphasizes how bamboo as a material can be pushed beyond the usual, normal, and traditional product applications such as furniture, home accessories and lamps and lighting.

“What is highlighted in the Green Falcon is a natural or organic ergonomic component in the use of bamboo for the motorbike’s body shell,” designer Christopher Paris Lacson said about the bamboo body shell. “It allows the rider to feel comfortable sitting as he would on a wooden chair.”

Lacson especially designed the Green Falcon for adventurous millennials, who highly regard design, performance, and sustainability while supporting the Philippine design industry as well.

Mimicking the speed of a falcon, the eco-friendly motorbike can put its gear to a speed of 100-110 kph. It also uses electricity for power, its contribution to zero pollution on the road.

“With bamboo and other raw material composites, we are breathing a new paradigm in materials. It is a paradigm breaker,” Lacson explained about the combination of natural material and technology.

“It’s about time we shift their perspectives on products — from Ducati to Banatti [manufacturer of the Green Falcon], from foreign to local,” Lacson remarked.

Lacson said the local industries should create and develop more tools that can transport the country and its people to inclusive growth. “I hope that other countries will begin looking at us, and would want to try something from the Philippines.”

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