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Hövding
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Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin
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Date : 2005 - present
Place : originally started in Sweden including Europe
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Hövding is a bicycle helmet that is worn around the neck, containing a unique airbag that protects the head when triggered. It naturally blends fashion and functionality, while artfully solving the design problems of portability and appearance.

Every year in Sweden, there are thousands of casualties as a result of bicycle-related accidents. Most of these can be prevented by wearing a helmet, yet there are many reasons why cyclists still choose not to wear them – fashion, portability, etc.

Hövding successfully redesigned the bicycle helmet by positioning it as a fashion item, and their creation is something that looks completely different from contemporary notions of the modern helmet.

A hidden airbag inside a collar worn around the neck allows the functionality of the helmet to be completely invisible. From a viewer’s perspective, it looks like a simple neck warmer. When triggered, however, the airbag is deployed, securely protecting the head of the wearer from impact. The helmet is also able to blend into the outfit of the user due to it’s fabric construction. The result is a new concept for bicycle helmets, artfully blending fashion and functionality.

【Designer】Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin

【Summary】
Hövding is a bicycle helmet that is worn around the neck, containing a unique airbag that protects the head when triggered. It naturally blends fashion and functionality, while artfully solving the design problems of portability and appearance.