BESPOKE:custom-made <a bespoke suit> b: dealing in or producing custom-made articles.
The word bespoke itself is derived from the verb to bespeak, to “speak for something”, in the specialized meaning “to give order for it to be made”. The term bespoke in fashion is reserved for individually patterned and crafted men’s clothing, analogous to women’s haute couture, in contrast with mass manufactured ready-to-wear (also called off-the-peg or off-the-rack). While widespread in the United Kingdom, the term is rarely employed in the United States, although it may be used by some in the high-end tailoring business.
Italia Veloce creates top of the line bikes, that feature hand crafted artistic touches and cultural references. While the bikes might not be bespoke in the truest sense of the word, they are representative of fine Italian craftsmanship and quality; of a hand built object, a one of a kind piece of craftsmanship.
These hand built one of kind classical frames, are individually numbered and cataloged. Frame numbers are impressed by hand into the patch and attached to the bike when it is completed. The registration booklet that accompanies each bike is filled with detailed information about the frame’s characteristics along with information regarding the whole bicycle. Each modifacation of the bike or tuning is continuously noted in the booklet helping to maintain the bicycles provenance for the company’s historical archive. That provenance helps establish each bike as a unique work of hand crafted art.
I still haven’t fabricated the room divider that I wanted to use to hide the view from the street into my house, and now I’m kind of glad I didn’t because I love this shelving system, and it could be used as a nice visual break without blocking light flow from the front door.
Italian company AL 28.98 has released two new indoor shelving systems inspired by natural forms and shapes that have been reduced to pure harmonic geometry. The new lines, Fagus, and Ginko, compliment the more traditional Celtis shelving system.
The new shelving systems are practical and useful, constructed from hardwoods covered in extruded aluminum skins. The units can be mounted flush to a wall surface or run floor to ceiling in the center of a room creating not only a shelving structure but a room divider as well. I especially like the images where they have placed three or four of these units side by side across the center of the room.
The units come with additional accessories, like coat hooks and shelving organizers, all of which are made from aluminum and designed to match a specific shelving style.
The aluminum finishes for both units are white, aluminum, titanium, and black with either natural stained wood centers, or painted wood in green and red.
a catalog with dimensions and additional details is available at the AL 29.98 website.
Fagus in Aluminum
Ginko in multi colored wood and black aluminum skinning