Earlier this year, after the snow finally was at the point, where we could get the car out of the parking lot, we decided to go on an inspiring daytrip to Glasgow Museum of Transport. The museum, designed by Zaha Hadid and opened in the year 2011, is home to iconic vehicles ranging from an African train from 1850 to vintage cars to modern art pieces. It is also home to a variety of unique bikes, valuable by their uniqueness in design or a role they played in the history of this country.
Here are just some pictures, trying to grasp the beautiful arrangement of information and display. If you are ever close by, I would recommend a visit.
For me, seeing all kind of the variations of a bike and of course to see a real classic VW Bus T1 was very exciting and rekindled my fascination with the beauty of bike design. In my tutorials, Graham advised me “to seek out for the perfect bike, which would complement the design of the handles.” For this reason, I started to really look at bikes. The form, the material, the colours, the arrangement. Every little detail, every little screw is perfectly chosen to be part of the whole object. Inspiring companies were the classic Raleigh bikes (obviously), Carrera bikes, Thorn, and many more. As a resource, the books ‘Cyclepedia: a tour of iconic bicycle designs’ as well as ‘Velo: bicycle culture and design’ are amazing books. While the first one is bringing you closer to the world of highly refined bike designs, the second one is taking on the more playful side of bicycle design and the amazing culture connected to bikes. Looking at bikes with a whole new mindset, I came across the bicycle company CANYON. With their innovative, yet minimal approach to designing bikes they were able to make their bike designs characteristic for their brand, which is not easy after 150 years of bicycle design. Their design has also been awarded with the best of the best red dot award in 2017. Their concept bike ‘commuter 8.0’ with the included light into the frame is communicating a sleek, yet bold design which speaks to many people who are looking for more braveness on the road (and in the mountains).
For the display of Berggeist, I chose a friends’ bike Raleigh ‘Pioneer’ in blue/white. The vintage, calm and relaxing design of those bikes is visually a very close conversion from the VW Bus T2 design. Unfortunately, the bike has been stolen three weeks before the degree show. This brought back the reality in the project. Even when more people start cycling, the problems with cars, theft and the constant repairs are not going away until people are educated to see bikes as valuable as cars. Education and a change in the governments mindset is only happening when it is demanded by the people, therefore it is a step into the right direction. While conducting the design process, I inspired one of my participants to cycle regularly to University. He is now cycling for a week straight, saving money, feeling healthier and bonding with this city and its surrounding areas. This success that I already enthused one person is making me very proud. I hope I can inspire many more.