Peugeot Design Lab is no stranger to designing everything outside of automobile. It has dabbled in designing helicopter’s interior, a really cool but uncomfortable-looking sofa, and even the cockpit for boats. Now, we hear that it has its hands in designing boat maker Latitude 46’s new sailboat too, as well as, believe it or not, a food bike for French premiere oyster retailer Gillardeau. But more on the food bike later. First, lets talk about the sailboat.
Peugeot Design Lab was tasked to design the Tofinou 9.7 Sailing Boat with architect Michele Molino. Molino designed the hull, while Peugeot had its hands on lending modernity to the boat with ergonomics and improving life onboard. Peugeot Design Lab drew up the bridge that integrates the Tofinou 9.7’s new equipment, including two control touchscreen displays facing the helms person, and had all controls like winches, all within the hand’s reach.
The cabin roof is of black lacquer and mahogany, and the boat itself sports a large, spacious rear deck afforded by the wider hull. The boat further touts an innovative keel system that can be fixed, pivoting or lifting. The first two Tofinou 9.7 is expected to be delivered to the first customers in La Rochelle in June 2019. Boat enthusiasts will be able to see the sailboat in flesh at the Grand Pavois Show in La Rochelle on September 18-23 and at the Paris International Boat Show in December.
Co-director of Gillardeau oyster farm, Véronique Gillardeau, called upon Peugeot Design Lab to create an electrically-assisted tricycle that its friends and families can hire for picnicking. The food bike, called Le Petit Gégé, features an ingenious folding table to serve as a makeshift dinning place, an integrated refrigerator, a belt-drive pedal assist system, an onboard battery good for a range of up to 160 kilometer, and enough storage for everything, including food and drinks, for up to 12 guests.
Maison Gillardeau Le Petit Gégé was brought life by Le Mans-based Gruau and now serves the Gillardeau beach cabin in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, France. In an unrelated news, Peugeot will be bringing its e-Legend Concept to the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza at the banks of Lake of Como, happening from May 24-26, 2019.
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