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May 18, 2010

At Dwell, we love a nice bike just as much as (and sometimes more than) we adore a Bertoia chair or Bouroullec backrest—and rightly so since a well-crafted bicycle is just as much a manifestation of good design as a well-thought-out piece of furniture. Editor-in-chief Sam Grawe joined Rob Forbes this past week for the launch of Public Bikes at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and we've got our eye on a new exhibit at the city's Museum of Art and Design: Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. The show, which opened May 11, shines the spotlight on the work of six bicycle designers from around the world to highlight the craftsmanship and artistic talent of the people who build these functional forms. Watch our slideshow of images from the exhibit or, if you're in New York, pedal down to the museum to catch the show, which is on display through August 15, 2010.

Commuter bike by Sacha White of <a href="http://vanillabicycles.com">Vanilla Bicycles</a>, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the <i><a href="http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseum.asp?style=
Commuter bike by Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. Photo courtesy Vanilla Bicycles.
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Detail of bicycle by Sacha White of <a href="http://vanillabicycles.com">Vanilla Bicycles</a>, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the <i><a href="http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseum.asp?st
Detail of bicycle by Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. Photo courtesy Vanilla Bicycles.
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Bicycle by Sacha White of <a href="http://vanillabicycles.com">Vanilla Bicycles</a>, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the <i><a href="http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseum.asp?style=browse
Bicycle by Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. Photo courtesy Vanilla Bicycles.
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Bicycle by Dario Pegoretti of <a href="http://www.pegoretticicli.com/">Pegoretti Cicli</a>, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the <i><a href="http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseum.asp?style
Bicycle by Dario Pegoretti of Pegoretti Cicli, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. Photo courtesy Dario Pegoretti.
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Detail of bicycle by Dario Pegoretti of <a href="http://www.pegoretticicli.com/">Pegoretti Cicli</a>, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the <i><a href="http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseum
Detail of bicycle by Dario Pegoretti of Pegoretti Cicli, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. Photo courtesy Dario Pegoretti.
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Detail of bicycle by Dario Pegoretti of <a href="http://www.pegoretticicli.com/">Pegoretti Cicli</a>, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the <i><a href="http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseum
Detail of bicycle by Dario Pegoretti of Pegoretti Cicli, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. Photo courtesy Dario Pegoretti.
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Detail of bicycle by Jeff Jones of <a href="http://www.jonesbikes.com">Jeff Jones Custom Bicycles</a>, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the <i><a href="http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseu
Detail of bicycle by Jeff Jones of Jeff Jones Custom Bicycles, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. Photo courtesy Jeff Jones.
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Detail of bicycle by J. Peter Weigel of <a href="http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/weigle_jp.htm">J. Peter Weigel Cycles</a>, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the <i><a href="http://collections
Detail of bicycle by J. Peter Weigel of J. Peter Weigel Cycles, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. Photo courtesy J. Peter Weigel.
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Detail of bicycle by Jeff Jones of <a href="http://www.jonesbikes.com">Jeff Jones Custom Bicycles</a>, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the <i><a href="http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseu
Detail of bicycle by Jeff Jones of Jeff Jones Custom Bicycles, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. Photo courtesy Jeff Jones.
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Commuter bike by Sacha White of <a href="http://vanillabicycles.com">Vanilla Bicycles</a>, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the <i><a href="http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseum.asp?style=
Commuter bike by Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles, on view now through August 15, 2010, at the Museum of Art and Design in New York as part of the Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle. Photo courtesy Vanilla Bicycles.

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