If you’re part of the much-maligned contingency of commuter cyclists out there (what road tax?) you’re probably accustomed to stressful journeys home at the end of each day. Getting to your front door can be heinously distressing and often rage-inducing at the best of times, so how do you cope once inside your humble abode when confronted with the problem of storing your beloved steed? Leaning it against a wall doesn’t cut it, and if you live with other cyclists a hall full of bikes is no good either. Thankfully Quarterre have produced a beautiful – if mildly expensive – solution that doesn’t involve making your front room look like a scrap heap.
A group of automotive and product designers, Quarterre are looking to “bridge the divide between furniture and interior design and the reality of everyday life on two wheels”, and not in a hopelessly impractical concept bike kind of way, but with crisp design and beautiful attention to detail. With a modest three products to their name so far they’re certainly not trying to flood the market but each one of their storage racks offers a thorough solution to a different problem.
For my money (actually not for my money, I’m not currently at liberty to blow £1,500 on a bike rack, but I digress) the branchline is perhaps the finest piece of bike furniture I’ve laid eyes on. If you’re the proud owner of a vintage Koga or Motobecane this is the rack for you. Made from two pieces of sustainable bamboo held together with powder coated metal brackets, it’s finished with hand-sewn leather details to protect your frame; like a plush toboggan to hang your bikes on.
If you’d like to examine Quarterre’s wares, head down to Look Mum No Hands on Old Street where all three pieces are on display, cradling a pretty sumptuous selection of bikes. Even if you don’t have the wallet for it, it’s a pleasure to have a coffee, slice of cake and a good old perv over some gorgeous bike furniture.
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