Brompton presents new life for old bike parts

British bicycle manufacturer Brompton has teamed up with London Metropolitan University to find a second life for decommissioned components from Brompton’s London factory and growing bicycle hire network.

The product and furniture design undergraduate students at London Metropolitan University were… “The challenge of working with intelligence, insight and economy to explore designs that delight and surprise, while making efficient use of the chosen bicycle component.”

Brompton added that… “The resulting pieces demonstrate true ingenuity, while meaningfully engaging with the need for circular thinking in design and manufacturing systems.”

With an overall winner receiving their own Brompton bike and runners-up receiving six-month access to the Brompton Bike Hire scheme, the project will be on display during the London Design Festival 2022 at Brompton’s flagship store, Covent Garden, from September 17-25.

The collaboration has produced innovative and truly unique pieces, ranging from whimsical games to household items. Each part has been carefully considered, with the component chosen being the key to the design and operation of the part.

Simon Hasan, Course Leader, BA Product and Furniture Design, London Metropolitan University, said: “As the designers of tomorrow, our students have seized the opportunity to view these components as both ready-made objects and as raw materials for newly imagined items.

“In looking for hidden properties in the chosen piece, the group sought to understand how these could be used elegantly and intelligently in a new context.”

Phill Elston, Chief Operating Officer at Brompton, said: “Brompton is very proud to partner with London Metropolitan University and the next generation of designers to give Brompton bicycle components a second life.

“The work celebrates the exceptional toughness and inherent utility of our bike by finding new ways to reuse parts that eventually wear out with use.

“We believe it’s not enough to make a product that empowers others to be eco-friendly, we must always challenge ourselves to improve ourselves and be kind to our planet.”