This bike, designed by Andy Martin for furniture manufacturer Thonet, is unlike any other we’ve ever seen. Save for its wheels and drivetrain, the whole thing is made from swooping lengths of steamed beech wood — and it looks just beautiful as a result.
The contours of the frame were cut using a CNC machine and the joints are all thankfully reinforced by subtle spring rods, so it doesn’t splinter under your bum. As Martin explains:
“The challenge was to take on the fairly low tech process of steam bending and then apply it to a 21st century bicycle with highly complex engineering.”
He seems to have managed fairly well. One of the nicest aspects of the design is just how much of the bike is made from wood — even the saddle is handcrafted from a lump of beech. To keep things simple it doesn’t come with brakes, just a pair of carbon fibre wheels and a single-speed drive train.
Unbelievably, you’ll be able to actually buy one of these things through Andy Martin’s studio site — if you’re prepared to stump up an eye-watering $US70,000. That’s a lot for a bike, especially one you can’t leave out in the rain. [Andy Martin via Design Boom]