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Evoking a Thonet bistro chair unfurled and refashioned into a bike, this concept was initiated by the German chair manufacturer to see what else could be done with its distinguished steam bending process, which dates back to the ’30s. To build the prototype, British designer Andy Martin hand-bent the beech frame, then adjusted its final contours and joints using a CNC machine; he also custom-crafted a series of connectors and sprung rod supports. While he went high-tech with a pair of fixed wheels in carbon fibre, he eschewed a brake system altogether. No worries – this bike is sure to stop traffic.

andymartinstudio.com; thonet.de

Thonet Concept Bike

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2019
Award of MeritUnbuilt Projects
Firms
Studio VAARO (Canada) and Gabriel Fain Architects (Canada)
2021
People’s ChoiceUnbuilt Projects
Location
Montreal, Canada
Firm
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2020
Award of MeritUnbuilt Projects
Firm
Lemay (Canada)
Team
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