Here in the Netherlands we are known for our bicycles. And there are quite a few. And that’s an understatement. In some places it’s even difficult to walk on the sidewalk because of all the bikes that are parked there. And when you walk out of the train station you often see a sea of bicycles.
Not only in the Netherlands, but all over the world, you’ll find a lot of discarded bicycle parts. Luckily there are some very creative people, like Andreas Scheiger, Oliver Staiano and The Upcycle who upcycle this waste into unique design.
Bicycle wheel turned into durable furniture
Another designer, who has already been featured on upcycleDZINE, is Andy Gregg. He founded Bike Furniture Design in 1990, based in Marquette, Michigan | United States.
Andy started out to design and build bike frames. But soon his focus shifted and resulted in a first chair made out of a pile of used bike parts. Since the start of his company he has continued to refine his comfortable and durable designed furniture collection.
The Trophy Table is an upcycle design piece made out of bike wheels and rims that are welded together to form a unique and amazing structure.
The table was initially designed as a prize for the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic for the purpose of holding the winner’s trophy. The Trophy Table has proven to be quite versatile. It can be used as stand to hold a trophy or as a side table, coffee table.
In addition to 2 stock sizes – 12″ diameter x 25″ high, or 16.5″ diameter x 22″ high, they can also be produced in other heights and diameters.
“I have been making furniture from bike parts (mostly rims) for over 20 years. My work is comfortable and durable. I have a keen attention to detail, and a level of craft that has come from many years of working with this form.”
Photos © Bike Furniture Design
After that original Bike Chair many upcycle design products have followed ranging from high-quality tables to bar stools, benches, and more chairs. Some designs, in addition to using the bicycle, also use components from other transportation industries.
Andy has been, and continues to be influenced by the works of early to mid-twentieth century designers such as Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Warren McArthur, etc.
You should visit the website of Bike Furniture Design. Andy Gregg has an incredible collection of very original and impressive upcycle design furniture.