Clever Furniture Designed to Double as Bike Rack to Save Space in Small Apartments

One of the challenges of riding a bike in a city doesn't happen on the streets, but in your home. Finding a proper place to store your bicycle is an issue for those who lack the adequate square footage. In a studio apartment that only fits a bed, desk, and bookshelf, the bike quickly becomes an obstacle. While wall mounts are a solution for some, Chilean designer Manuel Rossel has come up with another answer to this problem: furniture that doubles as a bicycle rack.

Rossel has created bookcases, sideboards, and a couch with wheels in mind. Each piece has a groove that balances the bicycle, allowing you to simultaneously display books, shoes, and other knick-knacks. Without the bike, however, the furniture still looks great–it stands on its own as sleek and modern design.

There's another benefit to having your bike on constant display and easily accessible–you might be more likely to ride it. Rossel sees his creations as anti-sedentary furniture by encouraging folks to get out of their cars. “People who drive lose all the benefits of physical activity,” he explained to Fast Company. “Biking also leads to economic savings and helps the decongestion and decontamination of cities.”

As of now, Rossel's designs are only available in Chile, but he hopes to start shipping internationally soon.

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via [Design TAXI and Fast Company]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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