The Bike All shelf by Colorado based studio Board by Design is an interesting transition between a bike hanger and a bike stand. The piece doesn’t keep your bike fully suspended in the air – one wheel still touches the ground. But with the saddle firmly parked under the shelf, it is a sturdy solution. And, because the saddle part is common for all bikes, the shelf is compatible with all bike models. Available in two natural woods, the Bike All comes with all the necessary mounting hardware. Available for purchase here.
Given my soft spot for bike storage and multifunctional design, I was delighted to encounter BH #2 – a beautiful bike stand by French designer Thibaut Malet. Minimalist and lightweight, the piece is a thing of visual beauty. It requires no screws and wall mounting efforts. You simply lean BH #2 against any sturdy vertical surface – and the installation is complete. Based on a ladder principle the bike stand is foldable to ensure easy moving and storage. The piece features additional shelves for your riding gear, entryway items or any small objects. The absence of metal hardware (the bike stand is made entirely of wood) adds to the clean simplicity of the design.
This bike hanger by Latvia based designer Reinis Salins is a stunner. Handcrafted from solid oak, each piece is made to showcase the beauty of the wood grain from every viewing angle. And it only needs three standard screws for installation. The product is available in two tones – brown oak and chestnut; cold black oak and chestnut burl. Available for purchase here.
Cologne based design studio Jung | Dynamisch | Sylt created these two beautiful and useful entryway items. Both pieces are hadcrafted from solid alder wood or solid acacia wood. The wardrobe includes a shelf, hooks for handbags and clothes, one small slot for keys and another, bigger one, for large hangable things. The bike rack elevates your transport and provides a home for your books, small entryway essentials and whatnots. The pieces are minimal and slick, looking more like tripods that storage. Great idea for small (or nonexistent) entryway areas.
I recently came across this local wood shop, specializing in bike storage. You can imagine my excitement! Father and son operated business, called Urban City Bike Shelves, is located in Queens, NYC. “Originally, this idea of a bike shelf came about by living in NYC and trying to make small apartments comfortable, stylish, and creative,” – designers say. Not only these shelves display your bike as an art piece, they also serve as extra storage for your books and various entryway items. Each piece is handcrafted from either cherry or walnut wood and finished with natural wax. Dimensions are customizable.
Latvian designer Reinis Salins created this stunner of a bike hanger, called Elk. Made out of solid wood, the piece looks great on the wall with or without a bike. Thanks to its shape, Elk is equally attractive from all viewing angles. It is based on an easy to use mount system that can be installed via 3 standard screws. Elk comes in 4 different finishes - cold black, light graphite, brown, natural.
Berlin-based studio Mikili came up with this clever item - KAPPÔ bicycle rack/bookshelf. Perfect for entryway area – the piece provides enough space for a few books, some knick-knacks and, of course, your two-wheeled vehicle. KAPPÔ comes in a variety of colors and finishes to fit your bike’s design. Envisioned as more of a display than a hanger for your bicycle - KAPPÔ showcases the bike, presenting it as an aesthetic, almost cult object (as it often is for many of us). I love the versatility of the rack and the arty frame-like shape. Definitely wishlisted.
I cannot possibly pass by bike storage without noticing. Especially if it is as beautiful as this piece. A product by Long Beach based design studio Ballou Projects is quite literally called Very Nice Bike Rack. And I couldn’t help but agree with this self-congratulatory name. Minimal and sleek, the item blends with its surroundings, looking like a cool shelf. And although the idea is not particularly new, I do like the Ballou Projects’ variation. The rack is mounted on the wall, elevating your bike and freeing precious floor space. It is perfect for a horizontal top tube bike that weighs less than 25 pounds. The floor stand version is also available. It holds just about any type of bike and comes with felt spacer pads to accommodate various tire widths. These racks come in bent plywood, walnut veneer or white powder coasted steel.
This exciting bike storage idea belongs to Sacramento based design duo Steven Tiller and Stephanie Birch of Reclamation Art + Furniture studio. The project was born out of necessity - the couple lives in a small downtown apartment (fellow shoebox dwellers – yay!). ‘We bring our bikes inside, – says Steven. – Given our storage issues, this makes navigating the entry hall difficult. I personally have tripped over or snagged a pair of dress pants on an awkwardly placed bicycle more than once. The solution? The Bike Valet.’ The product is made from 1/8″ cold steel, its elegant shape is cut using a laser cutter. You have your choice of either a leather or neoprene pad to rest your bike on. And with six colors available – you can think up many beautiful color/pad combinations. You can purchase the Bike Valet on Etsy, or better yet – support Steven and Stephanie’s Kickstarter project and help turning this cool storage idea into a thriving success.
I can never get enough book and bike storage, and when I see these things combined – it’s Christmas. Bookbike by BYografia is a clever hybrid, addressing both your reading and riding needs. The piece is comprised of two parts – one features shelves for your books, another – a hook for your bike. And because the rack is adjustable, it can accomodate a bike of any size. The base is equipped with adaptable legs to ensure the stability of the structure. I also quite like the somewhat retro feel of this design. Bookbike comes in chalk white and gray antracite.