We were recently amongst some friends who literally live, eat and breathe bicycles. To the chagrin of those not indoctrinated into the cycling life, these avid pedal pushers continually steered conversation toward anything related to their two-wheeled passions. When their significant others, whose interests in bicycling spin in a lower gear, noted their apartments and homes were being overwhelmed by the presence of bicycles and related paraphernalia (and not in a cool manner), they literally begged for ideas to harmoniously integrate their partner's love with their own hopes for a beautiful interior.
We told our friends sometimes one just needs to work with, instead of around, your partner's interest. If you can't beat them, join them! By utilizing decorative elements with a cycling theme, mundane and utilitarian salvaged bike parts can become interesting sculptural elements in the home. Vintage items such as miniatures, old photographs, and other home objects sharing a theme can give both large and small spaces a cohesive presence, where the bikes blends in, rather than sticks out.
10 of our personal favorite items & inspirations for the bike lover:
• Hanging a vintage bike can create a large sculptural centerpiece. We love how this aged and suspended bike creates a large shadow on the wall behind it. [Photo by Alvin Lee]
• Bicycle by Eleanor Grosch are limited edition prints, available in both red and blue "models".
• CB2 Spoke Mirrors are made from reclaimed iron bike wheels, each slightly unique in shape and finish.
• ArtConductor's Bicycle Wall Decal could demarcate where a bike should be parked when inside the house.
• The Bicycle Chandeliers by artist Carolina Fontoura were inspired by Victorian chandeliers, but these ornate pieces are made completely from bike parts.
• The Recycled Bike Wheel Wall Clock can help remind it's time for your daily ride!
• Tour Table by Gae Aaulenti is Tour de France meets Duchamp.
• The Bean Cycle Coffee Shop beautifully displays vintage bikes at an angle, giving their wall mounted presence a kinetic quality. [Photo via Michele of VeloDuo]
• The Bicycle Tire Mirror by Audrey Brandt looks like an easy DIY project, especially for those with plenty of spare parts.
• Freewheeling print by Blanca Gomez was part of Poster Cabaret's 2010 Bicycle print set, and might be our personal favorite of the bunch.