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.
Hood by London based design studio Quarterre is a minimal and clever bike rack, ideal for limited spaces. The architecturally inspired form is made from folded sheet steel that will support a bike securely by its top tube and can be mounted easily to any solid wall. The piece is trimmed in leather to protect the bike’s frame. Hood’s beautiful and unobtrusive design blends with any interior, providing a vertical storage for any bike. The piece is also customizable. Different colors and finishes are available for an extra cost.
Here is another cool idea for bike storage – Pedal Pod by Tamasine Osher. The piece is a perfect urban combo – a bookshelf and a bike rack in one. Made from walnut, this clever little unit can accomodate a few books and small items while proudly displaying your two-wheeled transport. It also allows storing the bike vertically, freeing precious square footage. Great piece for a small city apartment.
We, urban folks, love our bikes. And because the space is scarce in city apartments, we try to store them vertically, which means making holes in our walls. Well, not anymore. This brilliant bike stand from Public allows vertical storage without the nasty wall mutilation part. It has the easiest installation process imaginable. Just lean the stand against the wall, and gravity does the rest. The piece provides convenient storage for one or two bikes and works with the most bike shapes and sizes. Genius!
Milestone is a clever minimal storage solution for those of us who park bikes indoors. Designed by Japanese trio Mile, the piece is made of marble and comes in custom sizes. Each made-to-order cube is fitted perfectly to a specific bike. And when you are not using it, Milestone can be displayed as a nice sculptural object or simply stored away.
We, urban dwellers, constantly struggle to come up with compact and functional bike storage. This unusual piece goes beyond simply providing a place for your two-wheeled friend, it puts your bike to work! Created by Store Muu Design Studio, the PIT IN bike desk utilizes the bike saddle, turning it into a chair. Made entirely from plywood, the piece is fairly light and easily movable. Skeptics might argue that a bike seat makes the most uncomfortable chair imaginable. However, if you are not planning to write a novel and just want to take a coffee break and check emails, the PIT IN desk will serve you well.
People living in a megapolis love their bikes. The problem is – ‘big city’ often means ‘small apartment.’ That is why our beloved two-wheeled companions either sit in a storage room gathering dast or get in the way of any basic motion. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could put your bike on the shelf, like a book, and take it from it only when you need it? Well, this exact idea inspired Bike Shelf, created by the San-Francisco based designer Chris Brigham (aka Knife and Saw). The piece is made from walnut or ash and can be attached to the wall via a steel rod mount. The flat surface on top can serve as an actual book shelf or provide storage for bike accessories and other small items.