Know how a really well designed motorcycle can evoke a certain element of sexual desire? Ross Lovegrove, the self-important designer of the Sony Walkman, does and he's both captured that feeling and taken it to an extreme with "Ridon" this carbon fiber motorcycle sculpture.
A part of his current "Primordial" exhibition at Istanbul's Gallerist,
Ridon joins other examples of Lovegrove's work, all of which have
seemingly been chosen for their ability to combine materials typically
used on motorcycles with shapes that are at once bike-influenced and
sinuously, exotically appealing.
Lovegrove's work adapts the materials of speed -- carbon fiber, aluminum
and other metals -- into an exaggerated expression of their appeal.
"Primordial" is a good way to describe the emotions this work summons. Check out the Cetacea lounge for an example. Clearly based on the seat and tank area of a motorcycle, the points where a rider joins the bike, it perverts that shape with flesh-like curves and provacative holes.
Our favorite piece is, of course, Ridon. Ostensibly a rider and
motorcycle traveling at speed, it wraps the two into one amorphous
shape that's full of appealing curves and tantalizing cavities. Carbon
fiber is the most speed-evoking material we can think of, but
Lovegrove's hand has revealed a hidden beauty that we never before new
Ross Lovegrove via The New Cafe Racer Society