Morph Folding Wheel

It’s great to see that the Morph Folding Wheel (designed by Vitamins for Maddak Inc) has recently been named as […]

It’s great to see that the Morph Folding Wheel (designed by Vitamins for Maddak Inc) has recently been named as Transport category winner of the Design Museum‘s Designs of the Year 2013 awards.

I was lucky enough to meet designer Duncan Fitzsimons a number of years ago through the Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. Up to that point, Duncan had been developing his folding wheel for bikes and was starting to explore whether the folding wheel would be useful for wheelchair use. I was really excited to hear about this, as I could see that a folding wheelchair wheel could have huge potential. A folding wheel would make folding away a wheelchair for transportation, either by car or plane, a whole lot easier by not taking up as much space, making it a less awkward shape and protecting the wheels. Another important consideration for me, as someone who lives in a one bedroom flat, uses crutches and could benefit from owning a wheelchair, was that a wheelchair with folding wheels would take up less storage space at home making this a real possibility for me.

You can watch this short video to find out more about how the folding wheel was developed:

Folding Wheel – prototypes from Vitamins on Vimeo.

Morph Folding Wheel: The Details

  • 24” (61 cm)
  • Dimensions when folded: 32 x 12.5” (81.3 x 31.8)
  • Wheel set weight capacity: 300 lb. (136.4 kg)
  • Weight per wheel: 7.5 lb. (3.4 kg)
  • Material: glass filled nylon
  • Hand rim material: polypropylene
  • Set of two
  • Passed all RESNA/ANSI impact, curb drop and double drum testing standards

Morph Folding Wheels are available for pre-order from Maddak Inc and cost $950.00 per pair.

Having been launched earlier this year, I’m keen to see how the Morph Folding Wheel will be received and I’m sure that winning this award will help the product to go from strength to strength. So well done to Duncan Fitzsimons and the Vitamins design team on their well deserved award, after all not many people can truly say that they’ve redesigned the wheel! : )