16 November 2008

Bicycle Chair Design

Chair by Mads Hvidkjær Binderup
Furniture made out of bicycles. Hmm. Many of the examples I've seen look like they fit in well on the porch of a hippie collective - perfect to relax in while surveying your organic beet root fields while scratching your scruffy beard. With your husband by your side.

With a sigh of relief I read today about a chap named Mads Hvidkjær Binderup who just completed his graduation project from the Architect School in Aarhus - Denmark's second city. He decided to create a couple of chairs using discarded bicycles. He read one day that 40-50 bicycles are fished out of the Aarhus River each week. This fact triggered him to embark on designing the chairs "Re-cycle One + Two - a cultural and societal comment" for his grad project.

Chair by Mads Hvidkjær Binderup
Bindrup was keen to design something under the 'Discarded. Recovered. Re-purposed' banner, making a cultural statement about our 'disposable, consumer mentality' and our eagerness to just throw things away. He recieved 16 muddy and rusty bicycles from the city and spent six months designing the chairs.

He used four identical - or almost identical - frames for each chair and by coincedence the frames are from the Danish Centurion brand - one of the major bicycle brands you see on the streets here in Denmark.
Chair by Mads Hvidkjær Binderup
"You can't see right away that bicycle frames were used, but if you look carefully you recognise all the parts", says Binderup.

That's what I like about the chairs. Subtle, elegant and following in the long tradition of Danish design.

Chair by Mads Hvidkjær Binderup
Bindrrup doubts that the chairs will make it to mass-production due to the fact that so many man-hours are required in making them. But he is pleased to have been able to make a statement about the environment.

Via: 'House' & Arkitektskolen Aarhus.

3 comments:

Kholish said...

Looks Funny ... :)

lehommeaulevelo said...

They look good,like Deckchairs that you use outside on the Porch watching your Organic Potato's grow like you said. If he made the backs more upright and the Chair higher off the Ground it would be better still.It is a very good Idea if someone could put them into Production. I am sure they would Sell.

progressive cycle coaching said...

Looks Funny .. :) really...
But on the other side it's a great idea, because creating something useful from scrap has always been appreciable.
Deckchairs look good