Mazda unveils sofa and bicycle in Milan

Bentley isn't the only automaker venturing into the world of furniture. At the Mazda Design: The Car as Art event which is currently taking place in Milan, Italy, Mazda introduced the "Sofa by KODO concept."

This collaboration between Mazda stylists and Italian furniture makers expresses a unique interpretation of Mazda's next-generation design language. The form of the sofa is actually inspired by that of the all-new CX-3.

Mazda has also experimented with two-wheel design. The "Bike by KODO concept" is a track racer with a minimalist structure composed of the least possible number of parts. The frame was painstakingly formed by hammering a single sheet of steel, and the black leather saddle is hand-stitched, featuring the same red thread and stitch design as the all-new Mazda MX-5.

Also on display at the event are a number of works by traditional Japanese craftsmen inspired by Mazda's KODO-Soul of Motion design philosophy, one of which is a tsuiki copperware wine cooler hammered from a single sheet of copper.

Don't look for these items to hit the market anytime soon, however.

Mazda unveils sofa and bicycle in Milan

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