INSPIRED BY NATURE
A beautiful balance of design, form and function laid on a groundwork of unconventional and positive thinking, the first CHPT3 x POC collaboration has emerged, as natural as the Devesa forest itself.
"The collaboration between POC and CHPT3 to create the Ventral Devesa SPIN helmet and special edition Crave and Require glasses represents an understated triumph. Both parties have so strong an aesthetic that such a successful project could hardly have been predicted."
– Simpson Magazine
The Parc de la Devesa sits on the very edge of Girona's centre: laid out and planted in 1850 it covers 40 hectares with 2500 plane trees. It serves as the respiratory organ for Girona, and although the name itself means ‘pasture' it isn't used for agriculture but as a place of escape from the confines of urban life. The trees rise above 60m, making them the tallest in Catalonia, offering the sensation of being in a natural cathedral.
Returning from training rides the first glimpses of the Girona old town come through the trees of the Devesa, it serves as the final geographical marker - imprinted in our minds to signify completion.
If someone can't see the wood for the trees it's means they can't understand a situation clearly because they're too involved in it. Cycling is like that, especially modern cycling, all the data we have at our fingertips and the very cyclical and repetitive nature of it nurtures obsession. It's part and parcel of being a cyclist.
There's no point in denying this fact about ourselves, so we've decided to celebrate it and we've done it by choosing one of the 2500 trees and making it even more detailed, like only a cyclist could.
At CHPT3 we have always been interested in military apparel, the colour palette and utilitarian design has been a big inspiration, perhaps it's for that reason we could only see urban camouflage, or in technical jargon.
The bark of the plane tree has been our blueprint, and we created our own DPM made up of threes.
By delineating the design and randomly rotating the ‘3' it was able to be scaled and applied on any surface without being distorted by curvature, by doing this we disrupted the pattern and created our very own camouflage.