More and more of us are riding bikes, and more and more of us are living in small spaces. This creates a problem of where you put the bikes, and what kind of bike you ride. TreeHuggers Graham Hill solved it by developing the Thinbike, but others are looking at designs for storing bikes in ways that look good enough to have in your living spaces. In London, Quarterre Studios have developed a line of bicycle accessories.
Quarterre is looking to bridge the divide between furniture and interior design and the reality of everyday life on two wheels. They have used their backgrounds in the automotive industry to create design solutions that are functional, efficient and stylish.
The Shadow is a bent piece of steel with a bit of leather, not much to it at all.
The freestanding, cantilevered form needs no mounting and can accommodate most wheel sizes. Crafted in steel, it is finished with leather trim for hanging a helmet and a high friction base to aid bike stability.
The Hood is a wall-mounted hanger; we have seen a few of these on TreeHugger.
The architecturally inspired form is made from folded sheet steel that will support a bike securely by its top tube and can be mounted easily to any solid wall. It is trimmed in high quality leather to protect the bikes frame.
Sculpted with wood and metal, its adjustable arms can be tailored to fit each bike frame’s geometry. The stand can be leant against any wall or inverted to clear floor area in smaller spaces.
None of these are cheap, but if you are living in small spaces it helps to have stuff that is nice to look at. It's also nice to see that designers are giving serious thought to how to deal with the problem, as they put it so well, of "the reality of everyday life on two wheels."