Looking back to sports classes we all remember the age-old equipment, whose design did not change since it was invented by F. L. Jahn in the mid 19th century.
Recently the German design practice Phoenix Design developed this design study for a series of modern gymnastics appararti.
Here is what Phoenix Design explains:
It was a challenge for Phoenix Design to deal with a topic which time has left untouched as it were. The designers asked themselves how an athlete might feel doing high-performance exercises on this antiquated equipment, which also does not seem very dynamic. The focus of their concept study was the athlete. Only from there, first designs for adequate products developed. Tom Schönherr on the creative approach to the new sports equipment: “We wanted to create a dynamic, or rather, a grown structure. It had to have a human dimension and appear natural. These positive impressions should directly be transfered to the athlete.”
In comparison to the status quo, you now see elegant, light equipment. They are anchored in the floor with vertical supports, but seem to grow out of it elegantly. You have the impression that they connect with the athlete’s movements. Tom Schönherr: “We formed a modern grid structure and reduced the use of materials to a minimum by giving it a well thought-out form. This has a huge advantage: You see a lot more of the athlete. The equipment has a reduced design and is a perfect stage for the athlete.”