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Lennart Frank

Polestar AR

The simplest form of mobility is on foot, and student category finalist Lennart Frank’s design shows how the pure design approach of Polestar could be applied to an electric running shoe, to take the brand into this most fundamental of mobility products.

With electric impulses acting on the flexible strap attached to the carbon fibre sprung blade that the wearer stands on, this shoe augments its wearer's steps by increasing their stride. Getting from A to B would be faster, unlocking assisted-running activities that previously might never have been considered.

The design also underscores the pure design approach of Polestar with its linear forms, and restrained palette combined with gold for the flexible strap.

What does “pure” mean to you, and for your Polestar design?

When everything unnecessary is omitted. Running is the simplest form of transportation. This pure experience can be enhanced. The Polestar AR assists the runner, enabling them to push their boundaries without adding unnecessary features or complicated controls.

How would you describe the essence of your design to someone who hasn’t seen it before?

The running shoe enhances every movement with the help of an ergonomically designed spring system, connected to an electric drivetrain. It’s similar to the way the throwing arm of a bow works.

What is it about your design that you are most proud of, or that is most unique?

The moment you see these shoes, you start wondering what playful things you could do with them on your feet.

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