While not all of our readers can relate to the American tradition of tailgating, where we gather in stadium parking lots prior to sporting events and hold barbecues out of the back of our trucks, most of you can relate to loading up a car with a lot of gear, as when you're moving. Anything square and boxy is easy to stack and pack; weirdly-shaped things with rounded tops, like barbecue grills, are a nightmare.
Industrial designer Eddie Licitra's Traverse concept solves the tailgating issue handily. It's a flat-fold propane-fired grill with a slim breakdown shape that makes it easy to tuck into a trunk.
That would've been good enough for us, but Licitra's gone a step further and also turned the Traverse into a handy way to get all that BBQ paraphernalia out of the house and into the car: It doubles as a handtruck.
Demonstrating that he's thought about every step of the process, Licitra's design also addresses the post-grilling cleanup, when it's time to pack up. As you don't want to burn yourself on the hot parts of the grill, he delineates where you can grab the thing by simple color-coding: Don't touch any of the red surfaces.
Speaking of colors, Licitra—a New York native now relocated to Georgia—shows his true colors by deviating from the red-is-hot paint scheme and hewing to sports franchises' actual colors. If you're a New York Giants or Atlanta Hawks fan, the red warning scheme is in place; if you're rooting for San Francisco or the Tarheels, well, go ahead and touch those invitingly light-colored surfaces.