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2017/32/1 Bicycle, 'MN02 Bonanza', metal / plastic / rubber, designed by Marc Newson, made by Biomega, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1999. Click to enlarge.

‘MN02 Bonanza’ bicycle by Marc Newson and Biomega

Made 1999

The Biomega bicycle is designed by Marc Newson. His bicycle design for Biomega required the use of manufacturing techniques used in jet engine assembly and never previously applied to bicycle construction. Newson’s design rethought the traditional bicycle form by eliminating the traditional bicycle frame and creating a singular hollow form which, in the simplest join the dots fashion, unites the headset to the bottom bracket, seat and rear wheel which, as Newson put it, “was of huge importance t...

Summary

Object No.

2017/32/1

Object Statement

Bicycle, 'MN02 Bonanza', metal / plastic / rubber, designed by Marc Newson, made by Biomega, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1999

Physical Description

Bicycle with superplastic aluminium frame, featuring a cream-coloured finish.

Dimensions

Height

1100 mm

Width

572 mm

Production

Made

1999

Designed

Newson, Marc 1999

Notes

The MN02 bicycle manufactured by Biomega is designed by Marc Newson. The bicycle was named MN after the designer. The frame is fabricated using ?superplastic aluminium? - where two ultra thin shells of aluminium are formed through a high temperature super plastic process (as used in the assembly of jet engines) and bonded with Permabond epoxy glue. All cabling is concealed in the frame.

Although Biomega has its offices on the outskirts of Copenhagen all of the manufacturing is outsourced. The frame components of the MN01 were manufactured in Worcester (UK), bonded in Weston-super-Mare and the entire Biomega MN01 was then assembled in Birmingham.

Beatrice Santiccioli, Apple's colour expert (in the late 1990s), designated the colours for Biomega's bicycle collection.

History

Notes

The Biomega MN02 bicycle was given by Biomega to the donor when the original Biomega bicycle they had purchased suffered from "manufacturing faults that could not be fixed". This occurred around 2003 (the Biomega Copenhagen may have first appeared on the market in March 2006 - this is the earliest date found) in a furniture shop in Surry Hills.

It had some use on the road and was stored well the rest of the time, prior to it being offered to the Museum.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Fry, 2017

Acquisition Date

20 September 2017

Cite this Object

Harvard

'MN02 Bonanza' bicycle by Marc Newson and Biomega 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2019, <https://ma.as/549207>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/549207 |title='MN02 Bonanza' bicycle by Marc Newson and Biomega |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=8 December 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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