Austrian designer Andreas Scheiger has unveiled a project which he describes as an “upcycle fetish.” Incorporating used bicycle pieces like the bike saddle and brake handle with oval wooden plates, Scheiger presents a series of hanging racks that’s inspired by Pablo Picasso’s bull head sculptures while nodding towards traditional hunting trophies. The racks are both functional and quirky, bringing a decoration synonymous with quaint households to the modern era. Aside from being decorative, the hangers can also be used to suspend everyday objects.
Pablo Picasso saw it first and created his “cabeza de toro”. I needed a bicycle hanger. And then I needed a hanger for bicycle caps and while I was on it, something to hang my umbrella unto. And when left bare I see a tribute to my fetish, the bicycle.
“The idea for the Upcycle Fetishes popped up while visiting a bicycle flea market. I started collecting discarded saddles, stems and handle bars from dumps, scrap dealers and used bike workshops. I invested in a Bosch router and learned how to mill the mounting plate from wood leftovers. When I was half through the cleaning, milling, screwing and filing I found that Pablo Picasso has had the same idea with his “cabeza de toro”.
Materials: Used bicycle parts (saddles, stems, brakes, handle bars), wood plate, screws & nuts, brackets and strong bails.
About Andreas Scheiger
He lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Drawing and painting, handicraft working and sculpting always has been his passion. Already in his early years, his teachers asked him to illustrate the school´s newspaper. Later he was the leading illustrator of Austria´s biggest students´magazine, which in turn led to various assignments. Andreas Scheiger cultivated his technical skills when he worked as a graphic designer and later as an art director in advertising. Inspired by pop art, bauhaus and modernism and the inherent idea of combining graphic design with free art, he passionately experiments with materials and styles. In all his works he aspires to create a visual impact by simplifying a complex concept.