Where form meets function

Dutch designer Herman Vanhulsteijn was approached by prestigious auction house Sotheby’s to create an exclusive series of nine extraordinary bicycles, all covered in a dazzling coat of Japanese urushi lacquer and gold leaf. Each component of the bicycle is painstakingly handcrafted, following a distinguishing curved shape that Vanhulsteijn first designed for himself.

For this project, Vanhuljsteijn called upon two Russian artisans who specialize in urushi, in which gold leaf is applied to achieve an effect which contrasts with the industrial style of the bike. Several layers of lacquer are then applied over the top to produce a unique pattern where the gold glows through, giving a feeling of depth to the finish. For further inquiries on this limited edition production of nine bikes, contact

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