Cane, bamboo and rattan have been a favorite among furniture designers who like to create pieces with natural fiber rather than wood itself. Designer Jarbas Lopes too is a big fan of rattan though he employed the natural fiber in creation of a rather unusual bicycle. Part of the designer’s Cicloviaérea series, the untitled project is crafted entirely in natural fiber and was displayed at the international contemporary art fair VIP art fair 2.0.
The organic bicycle is a potent critique of capitalism if you choose to look for symbolism in this unusual work of art though the Brazilian artist also intends for it to be used a playful but practical mode of transportation. Using meticulous craftsmanship, the fuel-less transport system stands in stark contrast to mass production of vehicles that often have an industrial feel to them. Looking to provide an aesthetic experience, the everyday object promotes a more crafts-oriented approach to creation of goods used by the public in their daily lives.
The entire bicycle is fashioned from rattan barring the tires, connective joints and the chain. Complete with a woven child's seat, the stylish bike is fully functional and makes a strong case for craftsmanship and use of more sustainable and natural resources in creation of objects that we use in our everyday lives.
Via: Design Boom