Modern Making History

Modern Making History

By: Tony White Imagine, if you will, a bicycle crossed with an Eames Molded Plywood Chair and a Razor Scooter. What you get is the dandy horse with a modern re-designed by Noir Vif Studio. What’s a dandy horse you ask. Well, so did I. Unlike what the name may imply it is NOT an equine dolled up in lace collars and powdered wigs. It turns out the dandy horse is a contraption invented by Baron Karl Drais in Germany in the early part of the 1800’s. The story about why it came to be invented is, as is usually the case, pretty interesting. Here’s a video too. The dandy horse is also the predecessor to the modern day bicycle. Noir Vif Studio’s version is a monobloc plywood frame created using an industrial high-pressure wood molding process. The Departmental Domain of Chamarande, a Historic Monument in Essonne, France has commissioned a fleet of Noir Vif’s dandy horses. You can now tour the 242 acres of this Louis XIII castle grounds from a semi-seated position. I am alway intrigued by the mix of modern and historic. This design mixes modern manufacturing techniques with historic design. It also mixes a modern way of viewing a historic site.

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