London based-designer Andy Martin was asked by THONET to design and
develop a concept road bicycle using their steam bending process
developed in the 1930s.
Andy Martin Studio
developed three designs of which the final was selected because its
beauty and modest connection with the heritage of the company.
Andy says 'The challenge was to take on fairly low tech process of
steam bending and then apply it to a 21st-century bicycle with highly
With the many restrictions of hand bending the
beech frame the final jointing and contours would be cut and adjusted on
a cnc machine.
Andy Martin has also developed a series of connectors
and sprung rods to reinforce joints and the major stress areas in the