slaughterhouse90210
slaughterhouse90210:

“ I am awed by her silences and her excited speech, her darkness, her self-possession. The completeness of a child is the most fragile and powerful thing in the world. A child’s confidence is the world’s wonder.”—Teju Cole, Every Day Is for the Thief

OK, so we’re starting our annual confinement where we try to avoid hearing anything about Game Of Thrones for the duration of its run (so we can gulp the whole thing down in one immediately after)

slaughterhouse90210:

“ I am awed by her silences and her excited speech, her darkness, her self-possession. The completeness of a child is the most fragile and powerful thing in the world. A child’s confidence is the world’s wonder.”
—Teju Cole, Every Day Is for the Thief

OK, so we’re starting our annual confinement where we try to avoid hearing anything about Game Of Thrones for the duration of its run (so we can gulp the whole thing down in one immediately after)

frankie-roberto

frankie-roberto:

The French city of Bordeaux wanted to redesign their 10-year-old hire bikes. After an initial public participation phase (which seems to have involved an online survey and a request for ideas), they worked with designer Philipe Starck to develop The Pibal.

The unique feature? No crossbar, and instead a low footplate, enable you to ‘scoot’ whilst in heavy traffic. The first 20 test units are now in circulation, with a further order of 300 due in June.

The frame is aluminium, and the bike is manufactured by Peugot (allowing it to be proudly ‘made in France’).

It’s quite a striking design. I’d be interested to see how strong it is, given that the role of the crossbar is presumably to improve rigidity (although step-through frames are hardly new).

'Scooting' isn't normally all that difficult on a regular bike, but if this makes it more comfortable to stand up on, that might be enough of an improvement.

Anyhow, good on Bordeaux for trying something different.

Via Dezeen.

Images: Philippe Starck/Peugeot (top) and AFP (bottom)

Has the advantage of making it impossible to ride the bike down a flight of steps (or indeed any road with traffic calming measures in place) which I’ve heard rumour has been a problem for some bike hire schemes.

Also, Phillipe Starke — most overrated designer of our time or most overrated designer ever?

Keep calm and carry on indeed. The reactionary aesthetic of our times is not the same as that of our grandparents. Certainly worth reading the whole thing I think.