We visited the preview of a new exhibition showcasing the work of six hand-built bicycle builders.
Opening today at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City is a new exhibition showcasing 21 hand-built bicycles from half a dozen American and International fabricators. The collection was curated by Michael Maharam (of Maharam textiles) who is a lifelong collector of one-of-a-kind bikes and Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles. The exhibition includes examples of fixed-gear, road racing, cyclocross, mountain, and a custom tricycle for children. Alternative Needs Transportation from Holliston, MA produces some beautiful commuter bikes with integrated storage racks. Jeff Jones Custom Bicycles from Medford, OR is showing some example of their extreme mountain bikes that are engineering heavy but remain beautifully designed.
Bike lanes, bike racks, and helmet designs have all been big news stories in recent times in New York City. It is nice to see an exhibition based solely around the contemporary design and craftsmanship of the bicycle itself finally held in the city. Maraham hopes the summer long show will open up the city’s bicycle culture to more people.
Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle
May 13 – August 15, 2010
Museum Of Arts And Design
2 Columbus Circle, NYC