February 21st, 2011

Architect designed furniture from bicycle tubes

I knew this idea would not go away, so I left it idling in my subconscious. That is, until now. The idea is that and Charlotte Perriand's and Le Corbusier's furniture pieces do look very bicycle-like. The connection, I learn now after some research [1], is very direct. Pieces like their famous chaise-lounge are actually made from bicycle tubes. Columbus? Reynolds? We may never know. We do know that because bike tubes are thinner, they're actually harder to bend without buckling. It can be done though, even if you have to pack each tube with sand while you bend it, your efforts rewarded with an infinitely lighter furniture piece than could ever be made using heavy gal water pipes. An instance, I guess, of the bike's weight and elegance being of interest to architects. 

Reference: Mardges Bacon Le Corbusier in America, p. 47.