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Sandwichbike

24 February 2014

It hasn’t been easy. Around six years of work were needed to arrive at the finished product. Now you can buy it directly from the website: it’s Sandwichbike, a creation that challenges the usual concept of the bicycle. Basten Leijh, the designer, has come up with a new way to make and deliver bikes, starting out from a compact wooden structure that breaks down into two pieces so that everything can be fitted into a flat pack: frame, wheels, handle, chain and tools. The engineering has been long and complex, and the result is perhaps not the handiest (the Sandwichbike is heavy and requires a lot of care), but it’s still a great experiment. The price is high, but in line with the upper end of the market. The frame is made of beech, and treated to make it weatherproof.

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She sits astride Italy, Belgium and Southeast Asia, and sometimes falls off. When asked what she does, she replies: I do things, see people. She has been writing about furniture for twenty years and is still not tired of it, in spite of everything. She has no free time, and is not even interested in it. For her it’s enough not to have to go to the same office everyday. She mixes with unlikely people, and contributes to Klat for this very reason.


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