The collection
Silver-colored bicycle helmet in a sweeping teardrop shape with numerous ventilation openings and and black brim.

Bicycle Helmet, Limar F-111

Designed by
John Larkin (born 1960)
Polycarbonate, polystyrene, plastic
Produced by
Limar, Costa di Mezzati, Italy
15 x 26 x 21 cm

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, 2004.2

Bike helmets, once used only by athletes and serious cyclists, are required by law for anyone biking in certain areas of North America and have becom everyday objects. The sleek, aerodynamic design of this helmet reflects the interest in being fashionable as well as safe. Made of lightweight plastics and polystyrene, it has thirty-six teardrop-shaped airflow vents to keep the user cool.

The helmet’s name, F-111, recalls the American fighter plane of the 1960s and the speed associated with it. Spanish-born designer Larkin is a cyclist and a former sculpture student who specializes in designing sports equipment.

The Stewart Program for Modern Design, photo: Denis Farley.