Advancing Mobility Through Design™

Volkswagen Monsoon by Arkadiusz Stoklosa and Team, Poland

2016: Mobility For All.

 

Designers:

Arkadiusz Stoklosa
Tarnobrzeg, Poland

Michal Maciukiewicz
Krakow, Poland

Thomasz Kwolek
Mielec, Poland

Biography:

Arkadiusz Stokłosa was born in 1993 in Tarnobrzeg, Poland. Since childhood, he has been a car enthusiast and aesthetically willing to make well-designed stuff. He is still developing experience in industrial design, photography and music production.

Some random facts about me:

  • Loves 1970s and 1980s, especially music from those years
  • Plays synthesizers and electric guitar
  • Is a Monty Python’s sense of humor fan
  • Also a fashion and property photographer

 

Michał Maciukiewicz was born in 1993 in Cracow, Poland and has been an Industrial Design Student since 2012. Interests include: History, Vietnam War reenactment, traditional B&W film photography, civil aviation – especially polish airlines history, and many more. He is active collector of Vietnam War memorabilia and LOT Polish Airlines advertising.

His design expectations – by design, tries to express himself and attitude to the world. As a passionate historian, every design has to be somehow connected to the past and solve previous problems. Also respects heritage of his homeland and designers who always, despite all difficulties of Polish XX-th century history tried to create products that proudly represented their motherland on a history timeline.
By creating the future with proper attitude to the past, he quietly does his mission in the world.

Tomasz Kwolek was born 1990 in Poland and is a 4th year student of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. He is a good coffee and wine lover and is addicted to live music. He is a former barista and violin amateur.

He started studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2012 and right now is working on his BA thesis.
He spent also one semester on exchange at the Politecnico di Milano.

His portfolio is an overview of his student projects created individually as well as in teams that he thinks are one of the greatest tools in the world of design.

Description:

Middle Africa is one of the less developed regions in the World in terms of infrastructure with only 10% of paved roads. Problems with transportation and sedition are one of the main barriers for the region development.

The VW Monsoon combines features of a passenger car and multi-purpose utility truck. It is capable of transporting 12 persons yet can be arranged in a variety of different ways because of its fully modular construction.

Independent front suspension and configuration of axes allows it to maneuver in the most difficult terrain. A simple construction based on welded steel frame makes the vehicle easy to repair, and all synthetic body prevents from rust and atmospheric conditions. With such a design and construction Monsoon is able to overcome most of Africa’s transportation problems such as bad road conditions, lack of access to repairs and the difficulty of travelling long distances. Colors, patterns and shape are inspired by African nature and culture. Specifically traditional Congo textiles (main pattern) or nose of the African ox. On the other hand, Monsoon follows classic, ascetic VW design.

The most important goal in the project was to create an affordable vehicle capable of solving everyday problems of mobility in African countries, where transportation is one of the greatest barriers. We believe that breaking them will have a remarkable impact on the development of the region.