A Bike Rack for the Urban Home
January 5, 2012
Before we began pouring our identities into online profiles, eagerly baring our likes and dislikes for the world to see, there existed a simpler material means for such a ritual within the everyday home: the bookshelf. Privacy settings were a little higher of course—only those who were permitted to enter your home could look, pry and judge—but the bookshelf was and is the primitive mantel for the you-are-what-you-like portrait of the self. Whether you like it or not, spines of books and other media align to form a self-conscious representation of the inner mind. Monographs interspersed with curated tchotchkes might accentuate a person’s artistic flair. Music buffs can line their walls with discs and vinyl. Meanwhile, self-help books, if not hastily destroyed after reading, are likely tucked away out of sight.
Well, it’s about time the revealing shelving unit had a space for your bike, and the designers at Italian design firm BYografia have created a freestanding bookshelf for those who subscribe to the you-are-what-you-ride philosophy. The Bookbike combines a vertical compartment to hang a bicycle with a series of stacked storage spaces for books and other shelf-worthy belongings in a versatile, minimalist design. As cities around the world accommodate a growing population of cyclists, the Bookbike emerges as a prototype for the urban home, a way to not only save space but to also uphold the bicycle, a timeless emblem of the symbiosis between body and machine, as an object worthy of self-expressive display.
[Images courtesy BYografia]