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Black plastic helmet with grey brim on the front. An ovoid shape made of a small top dome with two concentric rings below.

Fuga (Escape) Collapsible Bicycle Helmet

Designed by
Closca Design (founded 2013) and Cul-de-Sac Creative (founded 2008)
Plastic, Terylene, nylon
Produced by
Closca Design, S. L., Valencia, Spain
12 x 28 x 21 cm

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, gift of S. Bernard Paré, 2016.7

Designed for city biking, this helmet won the 2015 Red Dot Design Award for good design. Simple and minimal, this highly functional design features integrated air vents, and a near-field-communication tag that allows the user to access preprogrammed information with their smartphone.

Most noteworthy for city use, however, is its collapsibility: the top dome and two concentric rings can be easily popped open for use or pushed closed, reducing its height by half so as to easily slide it into a bag or backpack. When folded its volume is reduced 50{7a493107c0b185699370697917ad812dca84654f36ab0140224d5a477e0355e2} and it is flat as a book. Unlike most bike helmets, this one is not streamlined: its ziggurat-like appearance primarily serves its collapse-and-carry function.