Samurai, a Motorcycle Based on Traditional Japanese Aesthetic Principles

Jan 24, 2017 View Comments by


Upon first glance, it might look like someone set out to make yet another futuristic moto machine, but there’s an interesting concept behind the Samurai. Designers Artem Smirnov of Belarus and Vladimir Panchenko of the Ukraine wanted to create a motorcycle that adhered to traditional Japanese aesthetic principles.

“The Japanese approach to design has always been original,” they said. “The simplicity and sense of space … are recognized in the industrial design of the Japanese brands. But for some reason, this approach is now rarely used in the design of Japanese cars and motorcycles.”

Among the seven traditional Japanese aesthetic principles is Kanso, or elimination of clutter, and Datsuzoku, to break from routine or transcend the conventional. Though Smirnov and Panchenko are by trade automotive designers, and though the Samurai will likely remain a concept, this exercise in design is one of the most thoughtful we’ve seen yet.

Learn more about the project on their website.

Photography: Artem Smirnov and Vladimir Panchenko


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