|(photos from Twomakers.co.uk)|
Built from Reynolds 631 steel tubing, and using a combination of fillet-brazing and actual bicycle lugs, as well as fine saddle leather from Brooks of England, the Randonneur Chair even includes a "tool bag" and a pair of bottle cages. From some angles, the chair almost resembles a pair of bicycle frames, complete with drop bars, conjoined by a big hammock-like expanse of leather.
The result is sort of a modernist-meets-craftsman interpretation of a classic rocking chair, skewed through the perspective of a bicycle constructeur. Some websites are calling it "beautiful, deceptively light, and highly functional."
|Notice the leather "tool bag" behind the seat. A good place to keep the T.V. remote?|
|The finish on this example lets a person get a good look at the construction methods.|
And yes, the "handlebars" are wrapped with Brooks leather bar-wrap.
I can't decide if the Randonneur Chair is really cool, or overindulgent ridiculousness. What I do know is that I can't afford one. It's definitely one of those "If you have to ask. . ." propositions. According to the site, the price is available "upon application." Jeezus, you have to apply for ownership? I have a feeling my application would be rejected.
It's interesting that the makers of the chair used a quote from Antonio Colombo -- not just because they used competitor Reynolds tubing in the chair -- but because Colombo might actually know a thing or two about furniture design. Little known fact about his family company, but back in the 1930s, the A.L. Colombo company used to make modernist-styled steel-tubed furniture, like this chair from one of their old advertisements.
|Was that made from Columbus SL, SP, or SLX?|
Even apart from the Columbus past in furniture design, there have been others to dabble in bicycle-themed furniture. Like Scarabike in Japan, who came up with this Brooks Saddle Sofa a few years ago:
|I love a good Brooks B17 as much as a person can, but this thing looks crazy uncomfortable.|
And doing a quick search online, I've found numerous examples of people mounting Brooks saddles on top of stools. Here's one from Freshome:
|Here somebody grafted a heavily sprung Brooks B135 saddle onto a stool from IKEA.|
I just don't know. I love bikes. I have bikes hanging on the walls in my classroom. I'd have them hanging on the walls in my house, too, if my wife would let me. But does this stuff just go too far? Any thoughts?