Thonet Bike

“To highlight chair-maker Thonet’s steam bending process, London-based architect Andy Martin was asked to design a concept bike made of bent wood. Thonet‘s steam bending process was originally developed in the 1930s to make chairs. Andy Martin Studio used the same process to make a unique sinuous bicycle frame out of beech wood. Of three designs developed for Thonet, the final was selected because of its aesthetic beauty and modest connection with the heritage of the company. Says Andy Martin, “The challenge was to take on fairly low tech process of steam bending and then apply it to a 21st century bicycle with highly complex engineering.” Mocoloco via Andy Martin Studio

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