I am home in Greenville right now, but I really wish I were in Milan for design week. Around the time of Salone Di Mobile and Euroluce, the Italian city is the place to be for anyone with an interest in design. Though the Salone is a furniture fair, at least a few bikes seem to make an appearance each year. In fact, I have posted about bike related products at the show quite a few times on the blog; here, here, here, and here are just a few examples.
Starting this week in Milan, from April 22nd to 27th, Biomega will be displaying the Ross Lovegrove designed Bamboo (pictured here). It will be presented at the Design Library, Via Savona 11, 20144 Milano from 10 am to 10 pm each day. Furthermore, Biomega extends an invitation to all cyclists for a special event this week:
“On Thursday 23rd, Ross Lovegrove, Jens Martin Skibsted, founder of Biomega, and a group of fellow designers will take some of the world’s most beautiful bikes out for a ride – inviting you and all bike enthusiasts with a bike of their own to join them in experiencing Furniture for Locomotion at it’s best.
This spectacular bike ride will start off at the Design Library at 11am and end the same place, where there will be time to have a bite to eat and a drink while discussing the designs of Ross Lovegrove and Jens Martin Skibsted.”
Sounds like fun to me. Let me know if any of you attend the ride and the discussion to follow.
In other bike design related news, Mark Sanders alerted me to an article in the UK Design Council magazine about the Shimano and IDEO research that lead to the Coasting group and bikes like the Trek Lime. It is a short article, but pretty interesting. Take a look here (registration required) or you can read the copy that Mark uploaded to Issuu if you prefer.
Lastly, since I just linked to Mark’s Twitter profile, I will mention that Bicycle Design is now on Twitter as well. I can’t promise that I will update the Twitter feed consistently, but it does seem like a good way to occasionally pass along quick links and ideas that I don’t have time to post on the blog. Follow along @bicycledesign if you are interested and we will see how this twittering (or is it tweeting) thing goes for me.