The president of both Columbus Bicycle Technology and Cinelli, Antonio Colombo, is also the owner of an art gallery and a patron of the arts. His influence is palpable and has indirectly inspired a new exhibition, hosted by Columbus, that celebrates the ‘New Craft’ of the custom bicycle.
New Craft is the title of the show that opened at the La Fabbrica del Vapore museum in Milan on June 29th, and will run until September 12th. Five frames will be presented, from five of the most important builders from each continent on the planet. It’s a fine snapshot of the scene’s current status quo.
The five builders are: Baum Cycles from Australia, Cherubim from Japan, Caren Hartley from the United Kingdom, South Africa’s Mercer Bikes, and the USA’s Richard Sachs. All of the frames they have created for the show are, naturally, made from Columbus steel tubing, and are excellent representations of their skill and nationalities.
The exhibition is part of the XXI Triennale Internazionale del Design program, “devoted to display the wonderful encounter between artisans’ know-how and new technologies”, and is actually a small part of a massive collective of international design. Amongst the other speakers will be two names well-known to us: Dario Pegoretti & Doriano De Rosa.
As Columbus supplies a majority of the world’s custom frame builders with their raw materials, the Italian concern is well placed to stage this event. If you’re fortunate enough to be in Milan over the next month-and-a-half, be sure to stop by and appreciate the contribution Columbus has made to our culture. Check the website for details.
Special thanks to Federico Stanzani for these photographs.