As you may have seen in a recent post, I enjoy spotting occasional bike content in the design magazines and catalogs that I regularly read. Yesterday, I was looking though the latest issue of Republic of Fritz Hansen (kind of a magalog for the company), and saw a picture and a short mention of the Biomega Boston bicycle. For those of you not familiar with Fritz Hansen, they are a Danish furniture manufacturer that has been around since the 1870’s. Several of the products that they have produced in the last half century or so have becomes icons of modern design. In particular, I am a big fan of the original 3-legged Ant chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in the early 50’s. But enough about furniture, that is not really the focus of this blog… or is it? I do think that all designers, regardless of the type of products they design, should know something about the design history of furniture. I recommend the book 1000 Chairs to anyone who designs any product for a living. Like the Ant chair, the Seven, or any of the other Fritz Hansen classics, the Boston bike, designed by Jens Martin Skibsted, is an example of good Danish design. All of the details seem to be carefully thought out. I think that the integrated wire lock in place of the downtube is a great idea. Not only is it a good feature, but also it visually works well with this very clean semi-folding design. All this Danish design talk makes me want to book a trip to Copenhagen. I have never been, but it is definitely on my list of places to visit.
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