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The BauBike Designed by Michael Ubbesen Jakobsen
In the words of the designer "The BauBike is inspired by Bauhaus design. It is constructed around the geometric shape of the square and the equilateral triangle. The design is stripped down to clean lines and raw material."
The open-end piece above the back wheel, offers the possibility to customize the function of the bike to whatever need you may have. The different accessories (all shown later in this post) can be placed in the tube (shown below on the right) and can easily be changed if needed.
The design follows a set of formal rules, limiting the geometry to straight lines in a pattern of 60 and 90 degree angles in proportions following the principle of the golden section.
above: diagram of the Golden Section
By limiting the form with a fixed set of design rules and stepping away from the traditional function-oriented approach to the design process, this project transcends the border between design and art, raising fundamental questions about the nature of the bike as design and as a lifestyle accessory and introducing a much needed playfulness on the bicycle scene.
Leather-wrapped handlebars (so maybe they're not as comfortable as cylindrical bars, but they look damn cool, don't they?):
a good look at the Brooks leather seat:
The available accessories include an additional seat with handlebars, a bag and or a rack:
To purchase one of these modernist beauties, contact designer Michael Ubbesen Jakobsen of Kolding, Denmark. or call him at +45 26171867
all images and info courtesy of the designer.
If you like unusual bikes, check these out:
•Swarovski Crystal and 24k gold bikeby Auramania.
•Gucci limited edition bike