“If you really want to accomplish something, you eventually figure out the puzzle and there’s so much satisfaction in figuring out that puzzle,” claims Paul Elkins. Ever since Paul was a young boy, he was always driven to redesign objects, whether it be on a bicycle, a door handle, or his father’s car. One day, Elkins’ father took him to a car show, and a small section of personally designed bicycle caught his eye. That day, according to Elkins, changed his life. There were several bikes, all designed in very strange and intricately unique ways, provoking the young designer to think differently about vehicles as well as the art of designing them.
With countless drawings of intricate designs, Elkins is known for his introspective way of designing. “You have to design around yourself,” he states to the filmmaker of the documentary, An Original Maker, “Once you design it around yourself, the rest of the piece comes together.” The maker has ADD, which may attribute to his obsession with vehicles, but definitely in a positive and proficient way. Elkins at one point feared for the discoveries of his genius, eventually realizing the implications of creating a small-sized vehicle that was able to travel at 55-miles per hour at jaw dropping 155 miles per gallon. This offered him an awe-inspiring idea of the potential of where we as a society could go with transportation.
“I’m working on that idea,” Elkins claims, stating that creating a vehicle on a mass scale is one of his many lifetime goals. “At one point I started getting on YouTube,” the designer said with a glimmer in his eye, “and I saw a man in Paris living in a box that was very similar to a vehicle design that I had made.” Each vehicle, scooter, or personal-living facility Paul Elkins makes, which are typically showcased on his YouTube channel, is more innovative and thought provoking than the last, offering innovative ideas for tiny homes and minimalist lovers alike.
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