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In 2010, designer Andy Martin was asked by Thonet to design a concept road bicycle using Thonet's iconic steam bending process.  Andy Martin Studio developed three prototypes and this one was selected because its simplicity was the closest match to the company's heritage.  Because of the many restrictions relating to hand-bending the beech frame, the final jointing and contours were cut and adjusted on a cnc machine.  Martin also developed a series of connectors and sprung rods to reinforce joints and the major stress areas in the frame.

The fixed-gear, limited edition Thonet bicycle will be available for the sweet sum of £43,000.

Images: Thonet