“Chairs, Bicycles and a Little Forest” exhibition at fuoriSalone, Milano / ミラノサローネ市街展で、 1:16 の展示

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“Chairs and Bicycles”

The latest four models and three prototypes of our 1:16 series were exhibited at tokyobike Milano, from 14 to 19 April 2015.  A part of fuoriSalone during the Salone del Mobile, Milano.  In this exhibition, chairs and interior models are displayed on a time-line, which is surrounded by the history of bicycle development.  A brief 200 years history of the interior and bicycle design.

tokyobike Milano – via Plinio 49/51, Milano
14-19 April 2015 / open 10.00 – 13.00, 15.30 – 19.30 ( sunday 11.00 – 18.00 )

ミラノ家具見本市の市街地展示のひとつとして、tokyobikeミラノ店にて『Chairs, Bicycles and a Little Forest』という展示会をしました。1:16シリーズの商品になった4点にまだプロトタイプの3点を足し、椅子と室内のジオラマを自転車の歴史と一緒に1815年から2015年までの年表の上に並べ、インテリアと自転車のデザインの過去200年を俯瞰した展示です。

When the Shaker chair was designed and made in 1820s, people did not have bicycles yet – but a device called a ‘Hobby Horse’ was already in limited use.  The Hobby Horse had two wooden wheels and no pedals, the rider kicked the ground and rolled on the wheels.


Just after the Sussex chair was designed, the first bicycles were invented in France in the mid 1860’s.  The pedals were attached to the front wheel, which was still made in wood and covered by a metal ‘tyre’.  Then it evolved to different styles of bicycles in short number of years – steel wheels, rubber tyres, better suspension, attached lamp, and so on.  One of the evolutionary machines, later called ‘Penny Farthing’, had a large front wheel with pedals, and a very small rear wheel.


By the mid 1880’s, after many trials and errors, pedals are detached from the front wheel and chains were introduced to amplify the power.


By the early 1900’s the basic pattern of the modern bicycle is almost fixed, and development aspects moved on to more specific areas of usage – touring long distances, competing at speed, or utility for a goods carrier.


Nowadays bicycles are recognised a part of one’s life style – carrying more of an expression of personality and often brought into the interior to live near by.


Bicycle time-line supervisor: Tim Dawson



The exhibition has ended, but our latest four models of 1:16 are available at tokyobike Milano.



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A furniture, product and interior designer, leading t.n.a. Design Studio, based in East London. An weekend cyclist and stamp collector.

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