Bikes, upcycling and transformer-type spaces are great fun. So imagine our delight when we came across this project by Italian design studio Farwaste that combines all three elements. Their project B*Wall uses a refurbished bicycle to operate a folding acoustic partition made out of recycled carpets and cardboard, dividing a multipurpose space in Turin. Watch it work its magic in all its human-powered glory:
They explain over on Designboom:
B*Wall is realized with materials and objects that have come to the end of their life cycle, and were chosen for the soundproofing and acoustic absorption characteristics. They include 90 square meters of carpet left behind during the de-installation of the 2014 International Book Fair in Turin, 70 square meters of honeycomb cardboard used originally for the packaging of printing materials, and bicycle components that were no longer being used.
You can get a glimpse of how the mechanics work in the video: there are three separate parts to the partition, which are each linked to a pulley system of wheels and cables that are controlled by pedals and the stationary bike apparatus. It appears that the pedals can be powered by foot or hand, allowing for individual adjustments of each segment.
This is a brilliant reuse project that hits all the right buttons in a quirky and clever way -- something we need more of. See the rest at Farwaste.