The North and South Ideas Gallery in London is currently hosting an exhibition entitled Bicycle Bespoke: A Celebration of the Creative Cycle, which sets out to encourage Londoners to celebrate and reinvigorate their relationship with the bicycle.
At the heart of the exhibition also lies a creative declaration that it is never too late to reinvent your wheels - from saddle chairs to cycle friendly tuxedos and a ‘London-proof’ bike, within the classic model of the bicycle there lies a perfect opportunity for an imaginative and innovative release.
The exhibition, which will run until Sunday, August 23, brings together numerous creative practitioners and features work from Max Knight, whose Walking Bike - a uniform bike frame on wholly un-uniform ‘feet wheels’ - provided the point of origin for Bicycle Bespoke.
Also on display is jewellery from up and coming design house Eclectic Eccentricity, who have taken inspiration from the iconic Penny Farthing model to produce a beautiful range of cycle-inspired necklaces; chairs and light fittings by designer industrial designer Ben Hughes exemplifying the resources a bike can provide after its life as a mode of transport; and Karta Healy’s latest range of bike friendly fashions, including waterproof tuxedos and gowns.
There have also been two educational projects run in conjunction with local educational institutions.
A Year Six student at Haringey’s Nightingale Primary School has refurbished a dilapidated child’s bike as part of an ongoing Mentor programme at the school, while students from the Industrial Design MA at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design were given a brief to make better a malnourished bicycle.
The gallery is at 82 Highgate High Street and doors open from 2-7pm Thursdays and Fridays and noon-7pm Saturdays.