Bicyclette: Craftsmanship over Mass Production
While I was flipping through pages of an “Open Concept Interiors” book at a book store, I saw a man looking for books on things to build. So of course, I had to ask what he was building. He began to show me images of his house he built, and how his next project was to build a sunroom extension.
Now flashback to August when I had the pleasure of visiting Bicyclette’s showroom, a wood workshop showcasing exquisite furniture made by Brian Christopher. His story began by being unsatisfied with his job in NY, but aside from his job he was surrounded by woodworkers that inspired him to find his calling. Similar to the man at the bookstore, he picked up a few books on How to Build..., watched a few youtube videos and taught himself! (you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it!)
He began with cutting boards and spoons, and as he worked on improving his skill he began making furniture. His pieces are inspired by the Shaker-style, Scandinavian and Japanese design, and Philadelphia’s charm.
There’s this storytelling aspect to craftsmanship that is lost in mass production. Its humanizing and refreshing to hear the stories of these skilled craftsmen and how their faces light up when they talk about their work. An aspect and a charm that I notice any design studio from my uncle’s wood shop in Syria (that is unfortunately out of business due to war) to Bicyclette’s showroom, its thoughtful, soulful, and meaningful.
To see or purchase Bicyclette’s work you can visit the site at Bicyclette Furniture.