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April 27, 2009


jim g

Do you know about this book? http://www.vintagebicyclepress.com/goldenage.html


I bet everyone had a good time at your event! Is it possible to post some pictures of the rest of the bikes particularly if they were matched up with furniture? If anyone of particular interest or notoriety stopped by it would be interesting to hear what they had to say.

The automobile is the default solution to all our problems unfortunately, I think it'll take a large societal shift & higher fuel prices to get people or most organizations thinking differently. I can only hope that with some time, biking will be a more mainstream activity for getting from point A to point B, and not just a sporting activity.
There was a neat article in the New York Times about how Dutch bicycles are becoming increasingly popular in the United States.
Were you able to participate in the Bike to Work Day? It sounds from the little I read that it was a smashing success.
The Thonet & Cinelli are very, very elegant together.


Rob -- thanks for the invite.

Take heart -- in 1972 I was in Herb Caen's column in the Chronicle for riding my bike to work and being denied access at the door. Only after wandering the streets on my beautiful new Campi-equipped Atala and finally finding a garage that would accommodate me for the day could I go to my job in the ad department at Macy's and (honest to god!) work on the full-page ad campaign whose headline read: "Macy's Backs The Bike -- Vehicle of the Future" -- progress has been made for sure -- more to happen. i enjoy your bike passion -- have a great evening -- i'd be there for fun but have previous plans.

all the best --

Howard Meister

Not only Thonet.

It was bike tube bending technology that caught Corbu's eye and resulted in the Confort series (I have the Petit Confort Arm
Chair), as well as the Chaise Mies designed, and the series by Breuer. I'd have to check, but I believe that Stam made use of the
same tube bending ability for his (and the earliest) cantilevered chairs.

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