A few months ago I restored a vintage Kai Kristiansen model 42 Z Chair. Simultaneously I was building my first bike frame, and I started to see bicycle geometry in the chair's angles. Using a few old frames from a scrap pile, I started experimenting with ways to cut them up and make a chair with the same basic angles and dimensions.
The model 42 chair was made with bent plywood under the upholstered seat and back. I experimented with laminating several layers of thin plywood over a form, and achieved the same comfortable shape as the original chair. While the upholstered seat and back go perfectly with the warm woodwork of the original, in my version it felt right to have bare wood accompany the raw metal.
The swiveling backrest, a feature of the vintage chair that I wanted to replicate, required fabricating custom mounting parts.
Following the proportions of Kristiansen's brilliant design resulted in a very comfortable and aesthetically pleasing chair, remixed with new materials.
To learn more about the process of creating the Bike-Z Chair, check out my studio journal.
Materials: - Recycled bicycle frames, with clearcoat to prevent rust. - Cherry plywood, finished with an oil / polyurethane blend. Will darken into a warmer tone over time.
Dimensions: - 21" wide x 23" deep x 31" tall
- Got a pair of old steel bike frames you'd like to memorialize as a chair? Perhaps paired with a different kind of wood? Let's talk! - Check out my Materials page for examples of the various materials and finishes I work with.
- These pieces are all made to order, and vary from one to the next, both due to the materials and hand crafted nature of the work.
- Please allow 4-8 weeks for production and shipping.
- Because these pieces are large and delivered by freight, the shipping charge listed is approximate, and may be adjusted after you place your order. Please email me with any questions.