Back in mid-November we featured the design work of Manuel Rossel. He designed beautiful furniture but with a twist… each piece doubled as a bike rack. The perfect kind of furniture for those of us who live in tiny apartments!
We loved his work so much (and you did too) that we just had to speak to Manuel about his work and ask how we could get our hands on our own bicycle rack furniture!
Tell us a little about your background. When did you started working as a designer?
‘I started 10 years ago, during college. In 2010, at the end of the year I began working at a workshop in Santiago to take orders for design and build furniture. After 2013, I took the opportunity to design a product catalog to standardize my designs and was able to make improvements’.
What do you like most about design?
‘What I like about the design is being able to express a vision of the future of what it might look like, and how this object, through its design, could improve the experience of living’.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
‘In general, everywhere. But I think I mainly focus in art, and how it has the potential to express the most, and sport, which is the highest expression of technical mastery’.
Where did the concept of bicycle-like furniture come from?
‘It emerged through drawing on paper. Sometimes I sit to design furniture for the catalog and this time I ended up drawing bikes. Slowly I was crossing it straight to bikes lines, and those lines were shaping the furniture they are today. The first cabinet was made in 2014 and I developed 3 models. This year we wanted to expand the range of products and provide more variety, so we continued in this line but with models of furniture found in departments: chairs, buffets and desks’.
What are you working on now?
‘We are now launching our 2016 catalog, which consists of 8 models of furniture bikes, designed to be possible to send to everyone and can be purchased directly by www.chol1.cl‘.
Yup, you can actually buy your very own bicycle furniture (you know you want to)! Keep up to date with more of Manuel’s designs here.